Foundation Stage


The ethos of the school places appropriate emphasis on high expectations for education and care. We aim for each child to fully achieve his/her full potential in a supportive and positive environment. The policy of the school is to provide an education that is broad and balanced and encourages the development of the whole child.

 ‘Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.’ (Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2014)

To fulfil the requirements of the Foundation Stage Curriculum at Christ Church Infant School & Nursery a carefully planned range of practical and structured activities are provided in Nursery and Reception. There is a strong emphasis on learning through play, both child initiated and planned play. The curriculum is delivered through a combination of whole class, adult led focussed activities and child initiated activities. We value the use of the outdoor environment and aim to provide effective practice both indoors and out providing opportunities for children in meaningful, engaging experiences that support their development in all 7 areas of the curriculum. Care is taken when planning activities to build in challenges which will move on the children’s learning enabling them to attain the early learning goals by the end of the Foundation Stage.

There are 7 areas of learning and development, 3 prime areas and 4 specific areas with 3 characteristics of learning.

Prime Areas

Communication and Language

Physical Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Specific Areas



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design

Characteristics of effective learning

Playing and Exploring

Active Learning 

Creating and Thinking Critically

Two Year Topic Overview for the Foundation Stage

Year 1

Autumn 1


Autumn 2


Spring 1

Fairy Tales

Spring 2

People Who Help Us

Summer 1

Secret Garden

Summer 2

The Farm

Year 2

Autumn 1


Autumn 2


Spring 1


Spring 2


Summer 1


Summer 2

The Zoo

Phonics in the Foundation Stage

Phonics is the knowledge of letters and the sounds they make. At Christ Church Infant School & Nursery phonics is taught through the Read, Write, Inc programme.

 Differentiated phonic work will then be set during the week to support the phase the children are working at.  The pupils receive 15-20 minutes focused phonics teaching each day.


Forest School

In Reception all children will have the opportunity to undertake our Forest School activities. The experiences are run by members of the Christ Church staff that are fully qualified Forest School leaders. If you have any questions please don't hesitate in asking one of the Forest School team.


Curriculum Newsletters

You can find our half termly newsletters giving you information about what the children will be doing in each area of learning, on the Curriculum Newsletter page.

Contact Us:

Christ Church (Church of England) Infant School & Nursery
Shaw Lane
Tettenhall Wood
West Midlands

Telephone - 01902 558945

Fax - 01902 558947

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Visit Us:

There will be somebody available to answer telephone calls from 8:30am until 4pm, Monday – Friday (term-time only).

Our school can be found in Shaw Lane, off School Road in Tettenhall Wood, Wolverhampton.

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