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Early Years Curriculum at Pentland

A typical day in Foundation Stage


Pentland Primary follows the Ruth Miskin programme Read, Write, Inc. 

It is a fun and interactive way to support children in learning how to read and write. Once children begin learning sounds, they are used quickly to read and spell words. Children can then see the purpose of learning sounds. For this reason, the first six letters that are taught are   ‘m’, ‘a’, ‘s’, ‘d’, ‘t’. These can immediately be used to make a number of words such as ‘sat’, ‘mat’, ‘dad’, ‘sad’, ‘mad’. We use our Fred Fingers to help us sound out and blend words. 

Tricky words are words that cannot be ‘sounded-out’ but need to be learned by heart. They don’t fit into the usual spelling patterns. In order to read simple sentences, it is necessary for children to know some words that have unusual or untaught spellings. It should be noted that, when teaching these words, it is important to always start with sounds already known in the word, then focus on the ‘tricky’ part. The first 6 tricky words we learn in class are: I, go, to no, into and the.


Reading with your child is very important. Encouraging your child to share books and making this a positive experience will help on their journey to becoming competent readers. In the Early Years your child will be given a book when he or she is ready. Children will start by taking picture books home to develop their imagination and knowledge of how a story is structured. When their class teacher or you feel they are ready to start the schools reading scheme (Oxford Reading Tree) we will start to send one home on a Wednesday. A record will also be sent and an informative note would be appreciated on how the child has read. A good example of a useful and specific comment would be:

‘Enjoyed story, b/d reversal, struggled with sound 'sh'.'

We will use this information to inform our guided reading and phonics planning with the children.


In problem solving, reasoning and numeracy the children will be given a wide range of experiences both indoor and outdoor to develop their skills and knowledge in counting, number recognition, shape, space, measures and pattern. We will provide the children with opportunities to create their own patterns and continue a repeat pattern. At home please practise number formation, simple addition, subtraction, counting, time, money etc. and relate these to everyday life.

Learning Journeys

We value your child's work and like to keep work samples to make up a learning journey. Each child has  a  file which is kept in nursery and available for you to look at and share with your child at the start of each session. If your child has done something special at home, please bring it in so that we can share it and add to their journey. Thank you.

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30 Hours available at Pentland Nursery

30 hours free childcare is now available at Pentland Primary School 

with limited places. 

We will offer 30 hours places where they are requested and we remain within legal limits and ratios and we will continue to offer 15 hour places where they are requested and total nursery places do not exceed legal limits and ratios. We also share the total 30 hours with other nurseries (15 hours at Pentland/15 hours at another setting). Please ask staff in the Foundation Stage for more details. Also, please let your families and friends know that we have both 15 and 30 hour places available for September 2018. Please ask them to contact nursery on 01642 559609 , if they would like to register their child or come for a visit. Eligibility for free 30 hours places is detailed on the Gov.uk website. https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

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