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Early Years Foundation Stage

Foundation Stage - what to expect and when

Why choose Wallsend St. Peter's C of E Primary school Nursery and Reception

Here at Wallsend St. Peter's C of E Primary school Early Years unit we offer good quality Early Years education, as noted in our March 2017 Ofsted, 'Children get off to a strong start in the Nursery class. An immediate focus on the prime areas of learning fosters good rates of progress. Children are encouraged effectively to move around the setting in a safe and confident manner, listen attentively in a range of situations and speak clearly when offering their comments and asking questions.'


Research has found that good quality early education will:

  • Improve children’s development
  • Improve their communication skills
  • Help them learn to socialise with other children 
  • Enable the child to make friends more easily
  • Help them to feel ready for school
  • Give them access to exciting new activities


Our Early Years unit provides a safe, caring and happy environment which encourages children to learn, play and make friends. 

'Leaders have created a stimulating environment that is well maintained and attractively resourced, both indoors and outside. Children play happily and safely together, enjoying the opportunities that have been made available.' - Ofsted Inspection March 2017.


Our Early Years curriculum is thoughtfully planned and adapted to make sure that all children thrive and achieve. The key areas include:

smileyPersonal and social development

smileyCommunication and language skills

smileyEarly reading and writing skills

smileyMathematical understanding

smileyCreative and physical development, including health education


As a Church of England Primary school we provide a happy, caring Christian environment in which children feel safe, secure and respected. Through a broad and balanced curriculum we strive to provide a rich education, thus enabling all pupils to reach their full potential. We see our pupils as individuals, united with Christian values. Ofsted reported in their March 2017 inspection: 

'Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted effectively. Pupils feel safe, cared for and well protected.'

. . . 'Adults have warm, caring relationships with children. They work closely with parents and other agencies to meet the personal and emotional needs of children. Children behave well. Parents have positive views of the work of adults in the early years and appreciate the friendly, approachable staff.'


Parents and carers also love our Early Years. In a recent survey one wrote:

I would also like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to the nursery staff for their continued support with my son and encouraging his development. I am overwhelmed at how he has progressed both sociably and academically since starting at St Peter’s. I greatly appreciated the opportunity to have had one-to-one chats with the staff about my son’s progression and the tapestry app is a fantastic insight into my child’s day to day development.


If you would like any further information about our successful Early Years unit, please get in touch with us at our school office, or speak to Mrs Phillips, Early Years Leader. Visits to our school are warmly welcomed.