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Foundation 1

Swallownest Primary School


F1 Class Page


A very warm welcome to Swallownest Primary School. As your child begins their education at our school, our main aim this term for the children is that they are happy to come to the Foundation Unit and begin to develop strong relationships with both staff and the other children.


The Prime Areas of Language and Communication, Personal and Social and Physical will be the key areas of focus over F1. As the children develop their skills in these areas then the Specific Areas of Literacy, Numeracy, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts will also be explored.    


The key 30-50 months skills we will (and you can at home) be observing and developing this term are (taken from the ‘What to Expect When’ DFE produced document):


Communication and Language

  • Listening to their friends.
  • Listening to stories and rhymes, joining in with their favourite parts.
  • To follow and understand instructions such as put your coat on your peg.
  • Understand ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions e.g. ‘How can we mop up the juice?’
  • Beginning to use longer sentences using words such as ‘and’ and ‘because’.
  • Talk about something that happened yesterday, now and what might happen later or tomorrow.
  • Ask and answer lots of questions.
  • I pretend objects are things e.g. a coat as a cape.



  • Moving around in different ways such as running, hopping, skipping.
  • Moving around changing speed and direction in order to avoid obstacles.
  • Catching a large ball.
  • Make up and down lines and circles in the air, using my arms.
  • Make snips in paper using scissors and use them safely.
  • Hold a pencil near the point using their thumb and two fingers.
  • Make lines and the marks they want on paper.
  • Copy some letters from their name.
  • Go to the toilet and wipe themselves clean.
  • Wash and dry own hands.
  • Put coat on when it is held out. Pull own trousers up.



  • Play in a group of friends, ask friends to play them and join in with friends.
  • Like praise from adults and helping doing jobs.
  • Talk about family when their adult isn’t there.
  • Join in new things.
  • Know when they are sad or cross and know that if they shout or unkind they will make their friends sad.
  • When friends are playing with toys that they want, or other children want they toys that are playing with they can share with adult support.
  • Know that when adults are busy they can’t always have what they want when they want.
  • Know that they can’t always do the things that they want to do.



  • Listen to and join in with favourite rhymes and stories. Recognise when words begin with the same sound e.g. big boat.
  • I can talk about the beginning, middle and end of stories, characters, guess how the story might end and the important things that happen in stories.
  • Recognise their own name and other words special to them.
  • Tell an adult about what their drawings and writing means.
  • Make lines and marks with a pencil and copy letters from their name.


  • Say numbers in order to 10.
  • Use fingers/ marks to show numbers.
  • Sometimes match numbers to objects e.g. number 3 to 3 biscuits.
  • Know where there are the same number of objects e.g. 2 cakes, 1 for you and 1 for me.
  • Count actions as well as objects.
  • Interested I playing with and spotting numbers when playing.
  • Playing with and spotting shapes when playing.
  • Beginning to describe shapes using words such as ‘round’ and ‘straight’.
  • Describe where things are using words like ‘under’, ‘next to’.

Understanding of the World.

  • Interested in grown-ups and where they live and what they do.
  • Talk about special family times.
  • Know that some things they do are the same as and some things are different to their friends.
  • Talk about why things happen and how things work e.g. where does the water go when it goes down the plug hole?
  • Talk about plants and animals that interest them.
  • Beginning to notice changes in things e.g. banana turning black when left too long.
  • I can operate simple equipment e.g. DVD player, remote controls
  • Operate toys with switches, touch screens etc.


Expressive Arts and Design

  • Join in with dancing and ring games.
  • Sing familiar songs ad tap out simple rhythms to songs.
  • Mix paints together to make new colours.
  • Jon lines to make shapes such as faces and other familiar shapes.
  • Use building equipment to make lines and piles of blocks to make things like houses.
  • Use tools like scissors, spoons and hammers.
  • Sing to themselves and change songs that they know, to make up knew songs and rhythms.
  • Notice what adults do and pretend to do the same e.g. cooking, cleaning.
  • When playing re-enact special things that have happened to them e.g. birthday, swimming
  • Make up stories when playing.
  • Use objects to pretend that they represent other things e.g. use a wooden brick as a phone.

 If you have any concerns or queries about your child’s learning then please don’t hesitate to come and discuss it with us.