Foundation Stage


The Seahorse Class is our nursery class of 3 and 4 years olds. Children can join the nursery once they have had their third birthday, when they are all entitled to 15 hours of free nursery education, however some may be entitled to 30 hours. Our nursery sessions run from 9am – 12pm and 12pm – 3pm. If you require any additional non funded sessions then these are charged at the rate of £3.75 per hour.  The nursery has its own entrance and separate cloakroom. The children spend most of their time in our self-contained Foundation Stage Unit but occasionally go onto the big playground or to the school hall for activities which need more space.

The nursery is run by Melanie Bramwell and there are many experienced early years staff who ensure that we maintain good adult to child ratios.

When your child is ready to join our Seahorse Class we will visit you at home before arranging a series of “pop-a-longs” where you and your child are invited to play in the unit to ensure a smooth transition from home into nursery.

Winterton Early Education Policy


The Starfish is our class of Reception children. They are the older children in our Foundation Stage Unit and they join with the rest of the school for assemblies, take part in whole school celebrations like Harvest and Christmas and enjoy lunch in the school hall. They also join in with the older children on the big playground at lunchtime but for most of the day they stay within the Foundation Stage Unit.

The Reception Children still follow a largely child-initiated curriculum where their interests and ideas are developed and expanded upon. They also follow key Reception teaching through topic-based activities. Our activities are hands-on and play-based and learning takes place at the child’s pace.

The Starfish classroom is the other half of the Foundation Stage Unit with open access to the garden and outside area allowing for free-flow play. Both the Starfish and the Seahorse Classes learn together for the majority of the day, with activities aimed at all ages and abilities.

Seahorse and Starfish Class

Key Stages 1 and 2

In the Seal Class children are taught from Year 1 to Year 3 and in the Shark Class children are taught from Year 3 to Year 6. However, we always look at each of our children’s needs individually and in some cases our children work in a class different to their year group to ensure that they receive an education that is best tailored to their needs.

To support learning we have a well-stocked school library, a large outdoor area, a broad range of practical resources and equipment for each subject, a fantastic rural coastal location, as well as desktop computers, laptops and iPads for the children to use to further enhance their learning. Alongside the statutory aspects of the National Curriculum, the children also have the opportunity to go on local trips and visits further afield, enjoy learning in special themed days and weeks, participate in competitions (both sporting and subject specific), experience visits by people/companies who come into school and take part in charity fundraising events (both locally and nationally).


The Seal Class has two class teachers – Mrs Waters and Mrs Massingham – who share the responsibility for the class. Within the spacious, modern classroom of the Seal Class, the children have access to an undercover outdoor area, as well as an engaging reading corner and large carpet area. The Seal Class are supported by two teaching assistants every morning and one in the afternoon.

Seal Class



The Shark Class teacher is Miss Bane. The large classroom of the Shark Class can be found in the old part of the school and is complete with high ceilings, lots of colourful displays and an extensive reading corner. The Shark Class is supported by a teaching assistant every morning.

Shark Class