Oxford Road Community School

Nursery - Foundation Stage

Children are born with a natural desire to explore and  learn and in our Foundation Stage at Oxford Road we  take our lead from what the children are interested in  at that moment. We employ a 'planning in the moment' approach to allow us to do this.  Adults join the children in their play and look for the teachable moment where we can introduce new skills and support them on their unique learning journey. Foundation Stage at the Oxford Road incorporates a morning Nursery, afternoon Nursery and Reception class.

We welcome visitors to our setting so that you can see the nurturing environment we have created that meets the children's physical and emotional needs. If you visit Oxford Road you will see that our children are independent, purposeful and engaged.

For more information about our Nursery setting (for current parents and carers and prospective) please follow the link to our Nursery transition booklet that should answer any questions you may have. 

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework which outlines 7 areas of development.The Prime Areas of Learning are:

  • Communication and Language - Speaking, Understanding and Listening and Attention
  • Physical Development - Moving and Handling, Health and Self Care
  • Personal, Social and Emotional  Developmment - Managing feelings and behaviour, Self-confidence and Self awareness, Making relationships.

The Specific Areas of Learning are:

  • Mathematics - Number, Shape, space and measure
  • Literacy - Reading and Writing
  • Understanding the World - People and Communities, The World, Technology
  • Expressive Arts and Design - Using media and materials, Being imaginative


 Supporting Independence

In our Foundation Stage we think that encouraging children to be independant is really important. When children learn that they can 'have a go' at things themselves they are developing characteristics of effective learning as well as developing their self confidence. Independance starts with something small, why not try encouraging your child to put their coat on for themselves.

Here is Olivia showing how the children at Oxford Road learn how to put on their coats all by themselves using the 'hands in, hands up' method...


 What have we been doing in Foundation Stage?




We're learning the story of Brown Bear, Brown Bear What can you see?

We love to listen, share and read stories in Nursery. Infact, we love them so much that we are learning the story of Brown Bear, Brown Bear what can you see? It's a story by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle.




 If you are  a parent or carer of a child currently in our Foundation Stage you can join our closed Facebook group. Search Oxford Road Community School  and you can request to join. Please note that we will need to be able to identify you by your profile picture and your name. You will also be asked the name of your child when joining the group. We hope this will be a supportive group for parents and carers of children in our school.