Foundation Stage

Belong – Committed – Love – Faith – Joy

Welcome to Foundation Stage!

Here you will find information about the themes we are teaching, curriculum and other important information.

Please visit regularly to see what we have been doing in class.

You can also see what we have been doing in class by following our twitter page:

@HolyRosary FS

Meet the Foundation Stage Team!

Mrs Payne

EYFS Lead & Foundation 2 Teacher

Mrs Newton

Teaching Assistant

Mr George

Foundation 1 Teacher

Miss Giles

Teaching Assistant  

Class Information

In Reception, all children will have a reading book to take home. Each child will have their own individual reading day, this is shown by a sticker on the front of the reading record. We ask that children return their book on this day so that they can read with an adult and have their book changed. We also ask that to build fluency and improve sound recognition, that children read their book 3 times at home before it is changed at school. This year children also have a second book, or a sound mat – this links to what they are learning that week during our Read, Write Inc phonnics sessions. Please remembed that you can also access the Bug Club website, and if you need help logging in, please just message us on the Nursery & Reception Enquires page on the ParentApp.

We also have our special ‘Reach for the Stars’ challenge where children will move up the chart if they read once a week. Once they have reached the stars at the top then they will have a raffle ticket entered into the draw, where they can win a prize at the end of each half term.

Please read the Holy Rosary Reading Guide below to find out more about reading at Holy Rosary. 

Meet the Teacher

Click the buttons below to find out more about Holy Rosary Foundation Stage. 

EYFS Expectations

You can click on the buttons below to show the end of year expectations for Nursery and Reception.


In Reception, homework is sent out every Monday, and will be sent home with your child. 

Click the button below to see our homework for this week.


Tapestry is our online learning journey. We use Tapestry to build up a profile of your child’s learning in the Foundation  Stage. We use observations, photographs and videos to assess how the children learn. We also ask that parents add to their child’s learning journey too. As this build up a full picture of the child. If you need any support with this, you can ask one of the teachers in your child’s class.

EYFS Curriculum 

Practice in EYFS is led by the four guiding principles that shape our approach in our Early Years setting, these are:

  • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and is resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.
  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

Children in both our Nursery and Reception classes follow the EYFS Guidance, which has seven main areas of learning.

The Prime Areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

The Specific Areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts

Through the seven areas of learning we aim to provide themes that excite and engage children, building on their own interests and developing their experiences of the world around them. We recognise that all children come into our setting with varied experiences and all staff work hard to ensure that the learning opportunities provided widen their knowledge and understanding of the world, setting ambitious expectations for all children.

British Values

The promotion of British Values is taught implicitly throughout the curriculum and school life.

The focus of these values in the Primary Curriculum are:

  • British Values of Democracy.
  • The Rule of Law.
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

As a school we promote these values through a variety of activities.

British Values of Democracy

Through the teaching of Personal, social and emotional development (PSED) children learn how to take turns, share, and make decisions together

The Rule of Law

Ensuring that school rules, including safety rules, are understood and consistently applied. Opportunities for pupils to distinguish between right and wrong.

Individual Liberty

Pupils learn to develop their self-confidence and self-awareness through Personal, social and emotional development. They learn about people and communities through Understanding the world.

Mutual Respect

The teaching of personal, social and emotional development ensures that pupils learn to respect themselves and others. Pupils celebrate Black History Month. Anti-bullying week is studied in school with the pupils completing a selection of age appropriate lessons.

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

Pupils celebrate events and festivals from major world faiths. There is a breadth of themes in assemblies. School lunches cater for different needs. Different religions are taught throughout the school. Culture/Theme days are celebrated throughout the school year.

We are reading…

This half-term our focus is ‘A Pirate’s Life!’ This is our main focus for this half-term, and we will be exploring a very popular interest for our children – Pirates! We will be making maps and exploring how they work, we will then move onto learning more about the sea and other sea creatures, and finally we will be comparing beaches that the children may have been to in England, to those in other countries. Have a look below to see some of the books that we will be reading:

6.6.22 & 13.6.22 – Pirates Love Underpants

20.6.22 & 27.6.22 – Tiddler by Julia Donaldson

4.6.22, 11.6.22 & 18.6.22 – A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea

Foundation Stage News

Have a look below to see our class news…

Chinese New Year – February 2022

We took part in lots of activities realted to Chinese New Year, and even tried some food!

Christmas – December 2021

We had so much fun taking part in all of our fun festive activities! 

SNOW! – November 2021

The children loved exploring the snow!

Remembrance Day – 11th November 2021

The children took part in activities to remember those who gave their lives for us in the war. They were so respectful putting their poppies on our hill, and taking part in the 2 minutes silence.

The Feast of the Holy Rosary – 7th October 2021

We celebrated the Feast of the Holy Rosary. We made Rosary bracelets and created different images of Mary.

50 Things to Do Before You Are 5!

50 Things to Do Before You Are 5 has launched in Oldham! This is a free app that shows opportunities of exciting things that you can do in Oldham with your child. Download the app to find out more.

Roald Dahl Day – 13th September 2021

We really enjoyed celebrating Roald Dahl Day in Foundation Stage! We completed activities linked to the stories: The BFG, George’s Marvellous Medicine, The Enormous Crocodile and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

Our First Week in Foundation Stage 2021

We have had a fantastic first week in Foundation Stage – it was lovely to see so many smiley faces!

Can you help us to improve our bug hotel?

Click the button below to see the letter of items that you could donate to help us to improve our bug hotel.

The pictures show ideas of items that could be included.

Please click this button to view the school calendar for key dates and information.