Welcome to Tankersley St. Peter’s Primary School Foundation Stage.


Our Foundation Stage begins when children reach the age of three (FS1) and continues through to Reception (FS2). We have a 26 place nursery offering 5 morning sessions, 5 afternoon sessions or full days. Additional sessions may be purchased to suit your family needs. Doors open at 8.45a.m.
Morning session 8.50 a.m.-11.50a.m.
Afternoon session 12.25 p.m.-3.25p.m.

We provide a safe, secure and caring environment for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow. We offer stimulating indoor and outdoor learning opportunities which encourage children to: make choices, practice and build up ideas, concepts and skills, take risks and make mistakes, think creatively and imaginatively, learn to share and cooperate with others and become increasingly independent in their work and play. All children have the opportunity to develop in all 7 areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum through activities that are planned around the individual needs and interests of the child. As children grow we encourage them to become independent learners and activities are offered that may become a little more challenging. However, the emphasis is always on learning through play and having fun!

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This half term’s enquiry question: WHY IS IT GOOD TO BE ME?

Reception class children have settled really well into their new class and have had great fun exploring their indoor and outdoor learning environments.

They have been busy painting self-portraits and talking about themselves and their families. The children have enjoyed adding home and school learning 

to their ‘Ideas and Interests’ working wall as well as asking questions about the world around them.

The children have explored our school forest area and looked for signs of Autumn; sketching what they have seen, drawing and labelling pictures and taking I-pad photographs of interesting leaves, trees and other natural objects. The children’s ‘Maths Everywhere’ working display is also developing well as they add their ideas and thinking about different aspects of maths. There has been lots of numicon investigating alongside our EYFS assistants (Key Stage 2 pupils) as well as recognising and ordering numerals. Super role-play and conversations have been taking place across the setting but particularly in the mud kitchen and ‘Tankersley Shoe Shop.’ 

What a fantastic start to the new term! Well done everybody!

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Welcome Back!

The Nursery children started the new term with lots of enthusiasm and smiles! We welcomed some children back after the Summer holiday and introduced new children to our Nursery setting.

Our role play area is now a hairdressers and we have enjoyed making appointments and working together to make each other look fabulous! (Teachers included!) It has been a super start to the Autumn term!

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Visit to Sundown Adventureland

A ‘few’ drops of rain did not not dampen the spirits of the Nursery children and their parents on our trip to (not so sunny) Sundown this week!

Libby said, ” I liked the train and the scary tunnel with all the smoke coming out the top. I liked the tractor ride. Myah and me were the drivers and we took our mummies!”

Seth said , ” I liked the Santa ride. It was a little bit dark, but at the end I saw Santa before the big doors opened!”

Poppy said, ” I liked the piggy ride. It goes up and down a lot! I went on with Charlie, Davey and Leo.”

Dolly said, ” I liked the big bear. He gave me a hug. I liked the train and the sweetie shop. I loved everything. That’s it!”

It was a full day of fun for everyone!


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Finding the way

This week the children in Nursery have been learning about maps. We listened to a story about two dinosaurs finding their way to a friend’s house by using a map. Afterwards, we looked more closely at maps and then made our own maps in the creative area. 

We found out about pirates using maps to find out where to dig for buried treasure. This inspired us to make our own treasure maps (where X marks the spot), go on treasure hunts, dig for treasure in the sand and steer a pirate ship. 

A Jolly (Roger) good time was had by all!

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Happy Father’s Day

It is a special day for dads this Sunday , so the Nursery children have been thinking about their dads. At carpet time the children came out to the front to hold ‘Listening Bear’  and tell everyone why they love their dads.  Sophia said, “I love my daddy because he always gives me hugs and kisses.  I like to go to the playground and do back flips with him!”  Madeleine said, “ I love my daddy because he is a good cook and makes lovely scrambled eggs, beans on toast and pasta!.” Jason said, “ I love my daddy because he plays snap, hide and seek and football with me.” Sophie said, “ I love my daddy because he cuts up my sandwich!.” Poppy said, “ I love my daddy because he takes me on walks with my doggy and makes me breakfast.” Myah said, “ I love my daddy because we go for walks in the woods.” Noah said, “I love my daddy because he makes better pancakes than mummy!”

We have been listening to stories about fathers, drawing pictures of our dads and we have been making  special cards in the creative area.

Happy Father’s Day to dads and Grandads everywhere!

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A Slimy, Slithery Visit from Zoolab!

Nursery and Reception have been learning about different animals and their habitats. This week the focus is on tropical rain forests. Barry, from ‘Zoolab,’ came to visit and brought in a selection of rain forest animals for us to meet, stroke , touch and learn about. We met Deidrie the snail, Tracey the tarantula, Michelle the millipede , Gary the gheko and Sophie the snake! The children asked really good questions and found out lots of interesting information about rain forest animals.

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