“We aim to send all young people into an ever-changing world able and qualified to play their full part in it.”

Foundation Stage

In our Early Years Foundation Stage, we aim to create:

  • A safe, stimulating, positive and happy environment in which our children can develop socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically to reach their full potential.
  • An atmosphere that encourages everyone to value others regardless of ability, race, gender and creed.
  • Opportunities that will enable the children to work with increasing independence.


FS1 Morning Session Times

8:30am to 11:30am

(Door closes at 8:45am)

FS1 Afternoon Session Times

12:15pm to 3:15pm

(Door closes at 12:30pm)

For Nursery, the children will need to bring a bag with a spare change of clothes, a water bottle and outdoor clothing such as a waterproof coat and a pair of wellington boots.

For children staying for lunch, they will be accompanied in the dining hall between the hours of 11.30-12.15pm. Hot dinners are available for a fee of £3.18 per day. Children can bring in a home-made packed lunch for a fee of £1 per day for lunch time supervision.

Every Friday the children will engage in ‘Challenge Friday’ where they will spend the morning completing challenges set by Super Ted. As a reward for completing all the challenges, the children will receive treats from Super Ted.

In Early Years we consistently engage in baking activities and ask parents to make a small, voluntary contribution of £3 per year for the cost of resources.


In Nursery, children enjoy learning Nursery Rhymes and Voice Play songs. Rhymes sensitise a child to the individual units of sound that make up a word. The rhythms present in Nursery Rhymes help children to remember the words, exercising their auditory memory skills.

In Nursery, we follow the Twinkl Phase 1 Phonics SSP programme from the Autumn Term until the Spring Term. The purpose of Phase 1 is to develop children’s listening and communication skills. including their vocabulary, to prepare them for reading and writing in the next phase/level.

If children do not fully develop these skills it can mean that they may struggle to hear the individual sounds in words which can mean children find it much harder to spell and blend sounds for reading.

During Level 1 children will develop their listening and communication skills through 7 aspects:

  1. Environmental sounds
  2. Instrumental sounds
  3. Body percussion
  4. Rhythm and rhyme
  5. Alliteration
  6. Voice sounds
  7. Oral blending and segmenting


In the Summer Term, the children will begin the school’s Phonics scheme Read Write Inc, in-line with the rest of the school.

At Aston Lodge we use Read Write Inc as our Phonics scheme

Systematic Synthetic Phonics

At Aston Lodge Primary, we use Read Write Inc Phonics (RWI) to give your child the best possible start with their reading and writing.

Phonics is a way of teaching children to read and write by blending and segmenting individual sounds. Every letter, and different combinations of letters, make particular sounds. For example, the letter ‘s’ makes a hissing sound, like a snake.

What is Read Write INC?

RWI was developed by Ruth Miskin and more information on this can be found here.

RWI is a phonics programme which helps children to learn to read fluently and at speed, so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. The programme is designed for children aged 4-7, however, at Aston Lodge Primary, we begin the programme in Foundation Stage 1 and continue teaching RWI beyond the age of 7 if they need further support in their reading.

Visit our Phonics Curriculum page HERE

Here are some useful videos to help your child with Read Write INC…

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