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Ruswarp Church of England Primary School Think for Yourself and Act for Others

Reception and Nursery

Foundation Stage 

Our Foundation Stage prepares children for their school life as well as preparing them for future learning and success in Key Stage 1 and beyond. We believe children in Nursery and Reception learn through purposeful play, by exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. We plan and provide an active, engaging and exciting range of experiences which supports children’s development and their individual learning needs.


Our children learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. These are:

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

These prime areas are essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Welcome to our Early Years Foundation Stage

The Nursery/Reception staff are a happy, close-knit team who endeavour to make the children's transition into school an enjoyable and fun experience.  We pride ourselves on the nurture we provide the children in our care.  Children learn best when they are content and feel secure.  Settling the children into school life is our top priority when they start.  Building solid relationships with the children and parents alike is the key foundation to starting the learning journey.  


Our Learning Area

The learning area is made up of a classroom with our own toilets and an outdoor area. We also use the woodland and field area in the school grounds.  Our Nursery and Reception children work together during sessions. This helps our older children to develop their personal and social skills, helping and supporting the younger children. It ensures the younger children settle into Nursery quickly as they have excellent peer role models to learn from. The mixed age class also provides a seamless transition from Nursery to Reception for our youngest children.

The Nursery & Reception provision is enhanced regularly in response to the children’s changing needs and interests.  We carefully plan to ensure the children are continually learning through their play.  Writing, reading and mathematical skills are planned into the learning environment each week.  Children are provided with many opportunities for developing their personal, social and communication skills within their play.



A visit to the Wilkinson's farm in Sneaton to see the lambs.

Tree hugging as part of our spirituality experiences.