Foundation Stage 2021 - 2022

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Mrs McDermott

I am the Foundation Stage Manager and I have been working at Lyme in the Foundation Stage for 10 years.
I love working with the younger children as each day is different.
I have a daughter called Lucy and a dog called Oscar. I enjoy reading and visiting different places.

Early Years Foundation Stage

In EYFS at Lyme Community Primary School, we value the importance of promoting a love of reading.  We aim to expose the children to a range of high-quality books to inspire their learning.   At Lyme, we put the individual child at the centre of everything we do.  We understand that play based learning is the key to successful, happy, confident and resilient learners of the future.  We believe that the right balance of adult directed and uninterrupted child-initiated play ensures the best outcomes for pupils. The teachers and teaching assistants will support and develop your child in their learning, focussing upon your child's interests.  Play is a child's work, and we make no distinction between the two, therefore you will probably hear from your child that they play all day, however, this is where the learning takes place.

Each day, the adults in the classroom will join the children in their learning, whether that's in the sand pit, the book corner, the creative area or somewhere else. They will observe what an individual child or group of children is doing and will help develop their knowledge and understanding by asking them questions, providing information, or demonstrating a skill. This quick 'in the moment' planning and teaching means that the new knowledge or skill is immediately useful and meaningful to your child, and is therefore more likely to be retained and used independently in the future. It also means that your child is taught new skills and information at the right level for them.

To maximise learning opportunities, the children have daily access to both an indoor and outdoor classroom, and are encouraged to make their own choices. We have many different areas and activities always available which include (but are not limited to):

  • role play
  • blocks and construction
  • arts and crafts, including painting, drawing, junk modelling
  • playdough
  • small world
  • sand
  • water
  • music
  • movement
  • ICT and technology
  • a mud kitchen
  • gardening
  • climbing
  • cooking (upon request)

Reading, writing and mathematics are seen frequently across all areas and activities.


A useful source of information

What to expect in the EYFS: a guide for parents

A booklet about your child’s development from the ages of birth to 5.

Available to download for free from: 

It includes information on how to support your child’s learning and development

Files to Download

Lyme Community Primary, Lyme St, Newton-le-Willows WA12 9HD