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Chase Lane
Primary School

" I always try my very very best at everything "

Areas of Learning

PSED is a very important area of the Foundation Stage which continues from Nursery until Reception. It is a main focus in the Nursery and continues to be a highly crucial tool for life.

It supports children’s development by helping them to interact effectively and develop and express positive attitudes towards themselves and others. It helps them to develop the ability to make the correct behaviour choices.

These are the main aspects of PSED;

  • Self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Managing feelings and behaviour
  • Making relationships

It is important to help children talk about their actions, feelings and behaviour. You can help your child by;

  • talking about their feelings in different situations for example angry and scared
  • making the right decisions
  • expressing their feelings appropriately
  • sharing and turn-taking
  • encouraging them to speak politely e.g saying please and thank you
  • encouraging them to 'have a go' and keep trying when things become difficult.

Communication & Language

 This covers the areas of Listening and Attention, Understanding and Speaking.

This is a Prime Area that is a focus in the Nursery and continues into Reception.

It is important that children are able to listen and express themselves clearly by the time they move into Year 1.

By being able to listen, concentrate and understand what is being said to them, the children will be able to access their learning more easily.

Speaking, turn taking and understanding during conversations are important first steps towards reading and writing. You need to be able to plan and say each sentence before you can write it. Understanding what has been read is of equal importance as the de-coding of words.

You can help your child by:

  • listening to them read
  • reading to them
  • talking about what has been read
  • questioning their understanding of what they have read
  • reading signs, posters and labels that you see when out and about
  • talking about their and your day
  • listening to and valuing your child's feelings, thoughts and ideas on a daily basis in a quiet and calm environment

Physical Development Zone

  •  This is a prime area that is a focus in the Nursery and continues into Reception. This covers the areas of Moving and Handling, also Health and Self-Care.
  • Moving and Handling
  • Children need to develop gross motor skills, which involves the use of the larger muscles, and also develop control of all of the smaller muscles such as those in their hands and wrists.
  •  In our Reception outdoor and indoor areas, there are lots of activities for children to develop their motor skills by using and playing with objects such as spoons, beakers, cars, jigsaws, the climbing frame, bikes, wheel-barrows, and sports equipment. As children develop control and co-ordination, they learn how to correctly handle items such as pencils, scissors and paint brushes which will then help them with their writing.
  • Health and Self-Care
  • We cover this aspect on a day to day basis and encourage the children to find out about the effects of a healthy life style on their bodies. This includes making healthy choices in relation to food and exercise. It also includes managing their personal needs, such as dressing and basic hygiene.

Literacy Zone

This is how we pronounce our sounds in English.

This is how we practise our sounds everyday using this powerpoint:
phase 2-3 powerpoint.beat the clock.ppt

You may find the following websites useful:

Number games for children aged 5 to 7.

Number and English games aged 5 to 7

A range of maths games for numbers up to 20.


A range of interactive phonics games. The Dinosaur’s Eggs – Levels 1-19         

A range of interactive games for reading high frequency words.

Dinosaur eggs – Phase 2, 3, 4

A range of the correct letter and number formation.