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 spring 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)

Enjoys responsibility of carrying out small tasks.(30-50m)

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

Aware of own feelings, and knows that some actions and words can hurt others’ feelings. (30-50m)

Begins to accept the needs of others and can take turns and resources, sometimes with support from others. (30-50m)

Initiates play, offering cues to peers to join them. (30-50m)

Physical Development

Moves freely and with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways, such as slithering, shuffling, rolling, crawling, walking, running, jumping, skipping, sliding and hopping. (30-50m)

Uses one-handed tools and equipment, e.g. makes snips in paper with child scissors. (30-50m)

Holds pencil between thumb and two fingers, no longer using whole-hand grasp. (30-50m)

Dresses with help, e.g. puts arms into open-fronted coat or shirt when held up, pulls up own trousers, and pulls up zipper once it is fastened at the bottom. (30-50m)

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)

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

Uses talk to connect ideas, explain what is happening and anticipate what might happen next, recall and relive past experiences. (30-50m)

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


Listens to stories with increasing attention and recall. (30-50m)

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

Shows interest in illustrations and print in books and print in the environment. (30-50m)

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

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


Uses some number names and number language spontaneously. (30-50m)

Uses some number names accurately in play. (30-50m)

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

Sometimes matches numeral and quantity correctly. (30-50m)

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 an interest in shape and space by playing with shapes or making arrangements with objects. (30-50m)

Shows awareness of similarities of shapes in the environment. (30-50m)

Uses positional language. (30-50m)

Understanding the World

Remembers and talks about significant events in their own experience. (30-50m)

Recognises and describes special times or events for family or friends. (30-50m)

Can talk about some of the things they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects. (30-50m)

Shows skill in making toys work by pressing parts or lifting flaps to achieve effects such as sound, movements or new images. (30-50m)

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 move rhythmically. (30-50m)

Imitates movement in response to music. (30-50m)

Taps out simple repeated rhythms. (30-50m)

Explores colour and how colours can be changed. (30-50m)

Understands that they can use lines to enclose a space, and then begin to use these shapes to represent objects. (30-50m)

Engages in imaginative role-play based on own first-hand experiences. (30-50m)

Builds stories around toys, e.g. farm animals needing rescue from an armchair ‘cliff’. (30-50m)


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.