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DFES - Foundation stage

 The Curriculum guidance for the Foundation stage, published in May 2000, is the core reference document for the foundation stage.

Guidance is given on childrens' learning and on teaching, planning and assessment in the foundation stage, aims for the foundation stage and principles of early years education.

QCA - Foundation Stage Curriculum

The foundation stage was introduced as a distinct phase of education for children aged 3-5 in September 2000.  This guidance
sets out six areas of learning which form the basis of the foundation stage curriculum.  Excellent links to Foundation stage profile support.

The Standards Site: Mathematical activities for the foundation stage

There are two booklets: one for nursery-aged children (typically three- and four-year olds) and one for reception-aged children (typically four- and five-year olds). The two booklets overlap in terms of pitch and content to cater for groups of children working across the Stepping Stones.


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Sure Start - Foundation stage

Sure Start is a Government programme which aims to achieve better outcomes for children, parents and communities.  The Sure Start website  provides helpful information on the Foundation Stage curriculum..

Key Objectives Spreadsheets

Record keeping can often be a chore and the results difficult to use. The spreadsheet available here can be used to analyse how different groups of pupils or individuals perform on particular objectives. Aggregate scores also highlight which objectives are strengths or weaknesses across the class. The information gathered should be used to inform future planning.


Foundation stage forum

The main goal of this site and Online Community is to enable those involved in the education and care of  Foundation Stage pupils in the UK to their experience and knowledge.  New articles and resources on topic themes, linked to the Stepping Stones and Early Learning Goals.



Ladybird Teaching resources

 The activities on the Ladybird website have been carefully planned to support the National Curriculum. The emphasis on basic skills means that the website is compatible with most programmes of learning.



BBCi Schools: Ages 4-11 home page. The site covers all curriculum subjects from Foundation stage to the end of Key Stage 2



Activities and games based on CBeebies characters such as the Teletubbies, Fimbles, Tweenies and Bob the Builder. Aimed at ages up to 6.

HGFL Foundation stage Web links

The Hull Grid for learning provides excellent resources to the wider educational community and is well worth a visit.




The site covers the National Numeracy Strategy at Levels 1 and 2
It deals with the subject area of numbers and the number system


DLTK Crafts for Kids

DLTK's Crafts for Kids features a variety of fun, printable children's crafts, colouring pages and more including projects for holidays, educational themes and some of our children's favourite cartoon characters.


Enchanted Learning - Dinosaurs

Zoom Dinosaurs is a comprehensive on-line  book about dinosaurs. It is designed for children of all ages and levels of comprehension.


Bob the Builder

The Bob the Builder site provides a colourful and stimulating area on the web for Early Years pupils to practice mouse control, spelling, one to one correspondence and much more. A visit to this site won't be wasted. 



Almost all children love singing along to their favourite songs. This section gives them the chance to enjoy singing with their favourite characters, just as in the Teletubby television programme. It also gives children (and teachers) the chance to be familiar with the words!


Postman Pat

The in-built educational value of the Postman Pat® games draws on the DfEE recommendations as stated in the documents Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage (ages 3 - 5 years) and The National Curriculum (Key Stage 1 ages 5- 7).

Under Fives

Lots of information about the Early Learning Goals, downloadable worksheets, lesson plans, general information and much more. Well worth a visit. 

Primary Resources

A fun-packed website with worksheet activities, teacher ideas and interactive activities. This site could prove very useful for the busy teacher! 

The Mouse Club

The Mouse Club contains activities such as Make a Card, Dot to Dot, Hide and Seek and Maze games – all designed to introduce and develop IT skills in a fun and interactive way. Children, Schools and Parents can also join a club and gain access to many more fun and free activities.

Teddy Bear Resources

A whole host of teddy bear resources ranging from handwriting practice bears to colouring bears to teddy bear graphs and poems. Great for pre-school and Early Years! 

Kent NGfL Numeracy Explorer

A very colourful site aimed at the foundation stage and Key Stage 1, with lots of great ideas for supporting teaching and learning in the Numeracy Lesson. 

Nature Grid

A collection of themed ICT activities and resources to support learning in the Foundation Stage.



FREE printable worksheets for  maths, geography, language arts & science (plus magic tricks & on-line jigsaw puzzles for fun and learning).


Clip Art

Discovery School now makes it easy to add graphics to your next project, whether its for home or school. Choose from hundreds of original clip art pieces, including animations!


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