Foundation Stage

Nursery (FS1)

Montagu Nursery is an exciting and vibrant setting. We aim to provide a stimulating and engaging learning environment that promotes independence and sets children up for their transition into our equally vibrant reception classes.

Your child’s learning and development will be taught through the seven areas of learning as set out by the Early Years Statutory Framework, with special attention being given to the Prime Areas of Learning. Children achieving success in these three areas are more likely to succeed in the Specific Areas of Learning as they enter into Reception.

The Three Prime areas of the curriculum are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The Four Specific Areas of the Curriculum are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

We are a large nursery and pride ourselves on serving our local community. We have the capacity to offer 39 places for the morning session and 39 places for the afternoon session. 

At present (2020/21) our current offering is for the AM sessions only, providing the free 15 hours entitlement (available to everyone) 


Session times at Montagu are outlined below.


AM session - 8:45am - 11:45am

PM session - 12:30pm - 3:30pm (not currently available)


We are always looking for ways to improve our offer and so if you have any queries or suggestions, please do contact Mrs Lent our FS Leader or speak to any member of the FS team.


Reception (FS2)

Our Reception Unit is a large, fun and energetic space with learning and development at its centre. As a team, we aim to constantly evolve, ensuring that our children love coming to school each day and find learning challenging and exciting. We aim to provide our children with key learning dispositions including resilience, resourcefulness and the ability to take safe risks for learning. At Montagu we strive to create a classroom culture that cultivates the habits and attitudes of curious, confident and independent learners.

As in our Nursery, we also follow the Government's Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, building on from previous teaching, ensuring consistent development in the Prime areas of the curriculum but also securing key knowledge from the Specific areas of the curriculum. Secure knowledge in all of the areas below will allow for a smooth transition into our Year One classes.


End of year expectations for Reading, Writing and Mathematics

By the end of the Foundation Stage all children are expected to meet the following requirements in order to ensure their continued progress as they enter Year 1


  • Read some common irregular words.
  • Use phonic knowledge to decode regular words & read aloud accurately.
  • Identify rhymes and alliteration. 
  • Join in with rhyming patterns.
  • Read & understand simple sentences. 
  • Demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.
  • Make basic predictions.
  • Identify start and end of a sentence. 


  • Write simple sentences which can be read by themselves & others. 
  • Use capital letters and full stops to demarcate sentences. 
  • Write some words correctly and others that are phonetically plausible.
  • Use correct pencil grip.
  • Write name (correct upper & lower case).
  • Use correct letter formation for familiar words. 


  • Count reliably to 20.
  • Order numbers 1 to 20. 
  • Say 1 more/1 less to 20.
  • Add & subtract two single digit numbers.
  • Count on/back to find the answer. 

All the above objectives will be worked on throughout the year and will be the focus of both direct teaching and through child initiated learning. Any extra support that you can provide in helping your children to achieve these expectations is greatly valued.