Palterton Primary School

Foundation Stage

The Foundation Stage teacher is Mrs Dyson and  Mrs Cowley is our HTLA. 

Outside Play

We are currently developing our outside play area. So far we have added a construction digger pit, a stage, some new planters and a music station. Keep your eyes open for any new developments. 


The following overview will give you a brief flavour of what the children will experience during their year in the Foundation Stage. At Palterton Primary School the children learn through continuous play provision and are able to choose their own activities and whom they play with for a lot of the day. They also complete learning tasks with an adult during the day, have a whole class maths input and a daily phonics session.


The Early Years Curriculum is divided into three Prime Areas of learning:

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

And four Specific Areas of learning:

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

Most of our learning is cross curricular and takes place both inside and outside.

In Foundation stage we use Tapestry to share information with parents and  assess children's learning. It is a easy to use and secure online learning jounal that allows staff to share children's learning and development in school. We use this daily so you can see what activities your child has been taking part in and their next steps. We encourage parents to post and share activities children have been involved in outside of school. 


Emergency Service Day

Harvest Time!

Lantern Parade - Each year we take part in the Bolsover festival and lantern parade. This year was slightly different due to COVID restrictions. However the children made their own individual bird lantern and had their own mini parade in school. 

Our Typical day

8.45am -9.10am - Maths fluency /  Handwriting practise

9.10am - Literacy focus 

10.25am -Dough Disco


10.45am- PSHE discussion

10.55 - Maths focus -Power Maths

11.35 -Phonics

12.00pm - Lunch

1pm - Reading for pleasure 

1.15pm - Understanding the World/ Expressive arts and design / Personal, social, emotional development, Physical development focus

2.15pm- Playtime

2.25pm -Daily skipping 

2.30 - Knowledge and understanding / Expressive arts and design / Personal, social, emotional development, Physical development focus


3.15pm - Storytime

3.25pm  -End of school day. 

Alongside all the focused activities the children have access to free-flow where they can consolidate their learning, investigate and develop social skills. 

Butter Making - the children tasted and made sensible predictions about cream and what it can be made into. 

Merry Christmas from Renishaw Class

Renishaw Class 

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