Foundation Stage

The Foundation Stage

The foundation stage consists of foundation stage 1 (nursery) and foundation stage 2 (reception). The foundation stage makes a crucial contribution to a child’s early development and learning. We provide a rich variety of teaching and learning experiences that are appropriate to the needs of the child.

The children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which is divided into 3 prime and 4 specific areas.

Prime Areas:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development

Specific

  • Maths
  • Literacy
  • Understanding of the world
  • Art and design

EYFS Curriculum

The foundation stage makes a crucial contribution to a child’s early development and learning

Reading: Children are expected to read at home each day with an adult.

Homework: Homework may be given for maths and literacy. This can include spellings, name writing, number work and worksheets.

In EYFS we cover a range of topics relating to the different seasons, our local environment, a different environment and scientific changes like freezing and melting.

Children also celebrate different religious festivals like Christmas and Easter as well as cultural events like Chinese New Year and Divali.

We look at a range of artists and artistic styles like Van Gogh, Lowry and Giuseppe.

We also get involved with road safety and e-safety events and anti-bullying week.

A range of emotions and feelings are covered in PSED sessions and circle time with children given lots of opportunities to talk about their and others feelings.

Parents as partners

We firmly believe in the partnership between home and school. We believe your child’s education is a shared responsibility and we will involve you as much as we can by:

  • Informing you of your child’s progress.
  • Inviting you in for play and stay sessions, workshops, plays, sports days and morning work on a rota on Monday and Thursday mornings.
  • Regular newsletters
  • Invitations to various events, including head teacher’s assembly

EYFS Quality Mark

The school was awarded the Early Years Quality Mark on the 4th May 2017 and it was reviewed on 14th June 2018. The assessors were very complimentary about all the staff in the Early Years Unit.

“The school has developed an outstanding foundation stage based on the principles of child led learning.  Children are at the heart of everything you do and the dedicated staff work tirelessly to ensure that all children are part of the learning journey.”

To read the full report please click here.

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