Foundation 1

Welcome to Foundation 1!

In Foundation 1 we are exploring new challenges, learning new skills and having lots of fun!

Here are some of the new skills we will be learning during the summer term.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Can play in a group, extending and elaborating play ideas, e.g. building up a role-play activity with other children. (30-50m)

Demonstrates friendly behaviour, initiating conversations and forming good relationships with peers and familiar adults. (30-50m)

Initiates conversations, attends to and takes account of what others say. (40-60+m)

Confident to talk to other children when playing, and will communicate freely about own home and community. (30-50m)

Shows confidence in asking adults for help.(30-50m)

Confident to speak to others about own needs, wants, interests and opinions.(40-60+m)

Understands that own actions affect other people, for example, becomes upset or tries to comfort another child when they realise they have upset them. (40-60+m)

Aware of the boundaries set, and of behavioural expectations in the setting. (40-60+m)

Physical Development

Holds pencil near point between first two fingers and thumb and uses it with good control. (30-50m)

Can copy some letters, e.g. letters from their name. (30-50m)

Experiments with different ways of moving. (40-60+m)

Jumps off an object and lands appropriately. (40-60+m)

Negotiates space successfully when playing racing and chasing games with other children, adjusting speed or changing direction to avoid obstacles. (40-60+m)

Communication and Language

Listens to others one to one or in small groups, when conversation interests them. (30-50m)

Responds to simple instructions, e.g. to get or put away an object. (30-50m)

Focusing attention – still listen or do, but can shift own attention. (30-50m)

Is able to follow directions (if not intently focused on own choice of activity). (30-50m)

Maintains attention, concentrates and sits quietly during appropriate activity. (40-60+m)

Responds to simple instructions, e.g. to get or put away an object. (30-50m)

Beginning to understand ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions. (30-50m)

Responds to instructions involving a two-part sequence. (40-60+m)

Builds up vocabulary that reflects the breadth of their experiences. (30-50m)

Uses talk in pretending that objects stand for something else in play, e.g, ‘ this box is my castle.’ (30-50m)

Extends vocabulary, especially by grouping and naming, exploring the meaning and sounds of new words. (40-60+m)

Uses language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences in play situations. (40-60+m)


Shows awareness of rhyme and alliteration. (30-50m)

Describes main story settings, events and principal characters. (30-50m)

Recognises familiar words and signs such as own name and advertising logos. (30-50m)

Knows that print carries meaning and, in English, is read from left to right and top to bottom. (30-50m)

Continues a rhyming string. (40-60+m)

Hears and says the initial sound in words. (40-60+m)

Can segment the sounds in simple words and blend them together and knows which letters represent some of them. (40-60+m)

Sometimes gives meaning to marks as they draw and paint. (30-50m)

Ascribes meanings to marks that they see in different places. (30-50m)

Gives meaning to marks they make as they draw, write and paint. (40-60+m)

Begins to break the flow of speech into words. (40-60+m)

Continues a rhyming string.(40-60+m)

Hears and says the initial sound in words. .(40-60+m)

Can segment the sounds in simple words and blend them together. .(40-60+m)


Shows an interest in number problems. (30-50m)

Separates a group of three or four objects in different ways, beginning to recognise that the total is still the same. (30-50m)

Shows an interest in numerals in the environment. (30-50m)

Shows an interest in representing numbers. (30-50m)

Realises not only objects, but anything can be counted, including steps, claps or jumps. (30-50m)

Recognise some numerals of personal significance. (40-60+m)

Recognises numerals 1 to 5. (40-60+m)

Counts up to three or four objects by saying one number name for each item. (40-60+m)

Counts actions or objects which cannot be moved. (40-60+m)

Counts objects to 10, and beginning to count beyond 10. (40-60+m)

Counts out up to six objects from a larger group. (40-60+m)

Selects the correct numeral to represent 1 to 5, then 1 to 10 objects. (40-60+m)

Counts an irregular arrangement of up to ten objects. (40-60+m)

Shows interest in shapes in the environment. (30-50m)

Uses shapes appropriately for tasks. (30-50m)

Beginning to talk about the shapes of everyday objects, e.g. ‘round‘ and ‘tall’. (30-50m)

Beginning to use mathematical names for ‘solid’ 3D shapes and ‘flat’ 2D shapes, and mathematical terms to describe shapes. (40-60+m)

Selects a particular named shape. (40-60+m)

Can describe their relative position such as ‘behind’ or ‘next to’. (40-60+m)

Understanding the World

Shows interest in different occupations and ways of life. (30-50m)

Knows some of the things that make them unique, and can talk about some of the similarities and differences in relation to friends or family. (30-50m)

Enjoys joining in with family customs and routines. (40-60+m)

Developing an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time. (30-50m)

Shows care and concern for living things and the environment. (30-50m)

Looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change. (40-60+m)

Knows that information can be retrieved from computers. (30-50m)

Completes a simple program on a computer. (40-60+m)


Expressive Arts & Design

Beginning to construct, stacking blocks vertically and horizontally, making enclosures and creating spaces. (30-50m)

Joins construction pieces together to build and balance. (30-50m)

Realises tools can be used for a purpose. (30-50m)

Begins to build a repertoire of songs and dances. (40-60+m)

Explores the different sounds of instruments. (40-60+m)

Explores what happens when they mix colours. (40-60+m)

Chooses particular colours to use for a purpose. (40-60+m)

Introduces a storyline or narrative into their play. (40-60+m)


Children in Foundation 1 enjoy a wide range of new experiences both inside and outside with the support and guidance of the Foundation 1 team.