Welcome to the Foundation Stage of Ramsey Spinning Infant School. 

We strongly believe that every child deserves the best possible start to school life and that this is best achieved through a combination of planned, purposeful play (we like to call it 'busy learning'), both inside and outside, and short, focussed, teacher led activities and sessions to help support and extend learning.

Purposeful play in an environment where children feel secure and valued is the cornerstone of development and learning for young children.  It is the chief way skills are developed, modified and practised.  It is essential for all areas of development; physical, communicative, cognitive, social, emotional and behavioural development.  It is the means through which children can explore, investigate, recreate and develop an understanding of their world.

It is called Foundation for a reason; it creates the base upon which all future learning is built.

The Early Years Curriculum is made up of 7 main areas of learning which are further divided into 17 aspects as laid out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (the document that sets out the statutory guidance and standards that schools and other childcare settings must meet for the learning, development and care of children under 5).  The broad curriculum, teaching  and play based learning offered is designed to meet the needs of children at the various stages of development and is planned to move children towards the Early Learning Goals (ELG's) at the end of the Foundation Stage.
If you need more information on the EYFS framework, please read the DFE's Statutory Framework for the EYFS

Supporting your child: How can you help at home?

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.  Children learn best when they feel secure, safe, happy and valued and best of all, when good parenting and high quality early learning work together to provide the stimulus children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow and the understanding that learning doesn't just happen in a classroom but is all around them.

It can sometimes be helpful to have a broad idea of what to expect when a child reaches a particular age or stage (although it must be remembered that all children potentially develop at different rates).  

You can help your child by:

  • Talking to them and answering their many questions (or share finding the answers!)

  • Sharing a variety of books together

  • Encouraging your child to talk about the pictures and tell you the stories in their books

  • Letting them see you enjoying reading - sit and read a book, magazine or newspaper in their company

  • Singing songs and nursery rhymes

  • Encouraging your child to draw and write with a variety of materials

  • Letting your child use catalogues, cards or leaflets to cut out, paste, colour and paint

We hope to ensure that both you and your child have a happy and confident beginning to school life at Ramsey Spinning Infants - it would be most helpful if your child can:

  • Dress and undress for PE sessions (we find the fewer the buttons the easier it is to change!)

  • Take off and put on shoes independently

  • Use the toilet independently


Part of the requirements of schools and other settings, is to gain evidence to support our assessments and judgements of each child as they progress through Foundation Stage.  This evidence is expected to come from a range of sources including from outside school (home, childminders, afterschool clubs etc).  With this in mind we use a reporting system called Tapestry for you to be able to tell us about the amazing achievements your child has made at home (dressing themselves, riding their bike without stabilisers, swimming achievements, helping at home, counting, reading, writing, family holidays and celebrations - in fact all the things that might happen outside school that we don't always get to hear about).

Tapestry is an on-line assessment tool that is used within school to record observations and assessments using tablets.  What's great is that, as parents, grandparents or agreed childminders, you can sign up to be able to view these comments and to add your own as well, including photos, video and audio commentary using a PC, tablet, ipad or smartphone.  

We hope you have found this information useful but if you have any questions, or require further information please do not hesitate to contact the school.