Foundation Unit

At St Philip Neri with St. Bede Catholic Voluntary Academy Foundation Stage Unit, we put the children at the centre of everything we do.  All children are valued for their individuality, included and cared for.  We maintain a child driven heuristic approach to learning catering for their unique needs and interests.  Our approach is enthusiastic, creative, challenging and purposeful.

We aim to:

  • Put Jesus at the centre of everything, we do this by using him as an example to the children of being the best they can be and by fostering an atmosphere of love.
  • Make communication and speaking intrinsic to everything we do, by providing exciting stimulants, opportunities to speak, effective modelling and information to parents.
  • Establish caring, positive relationships with children and open and friendly relationships with parents by valuing differences, having mutual respect and welcoming parents as partners.
  • Provide challenging curriculum in which each child develops confidence, independence, high self-esteem and self-discipline by following the children's interests, encouraging children to self-regulate and listening.
  • Provide a safe and nurturing environment which children are excited to explore and adapt creatively by being brave in our provision both indoors and outdoors.
  • Be busy ensuring that quality interactions take place when children and adults are engaged in play and activities involving exploration of the natural area and developing the garden together.
  • To work in partnership with home and the parish.

Values of the unit:

  • Warmth and kindness
  • Positivity
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Inclusivity
  • Mutual respect, tolerance and forgiveness

Children have so much fun as they learn in our Foundation Unit. However, if you want to give them a head start, it's good to encourage your children to learn their letter sounds. We call this Phonics. At the end of Year 1, the children take the national Phonics' screening test. You can find more information about it and how we prepare the children, by clicking here

Below you can read all about our daily routines.





In early March the Foundation stage children had a visit from the Eggucation company, who came to give a talk to the children and also allowed the children to look after some eggs to incubate and hatch.  The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were sad to see the chicks leave.

Police visit

Sherwood Pines