We love learning in Early Years! In Foundation we work from the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. The children develop through playing and exploring, active learning, creating and thinking critically.
During the day, your child will take part in a range of activities in both the indoor and outdoor areas including:
- Small and large group teaching sessions,
- Whole class direct teaching sessions,
- Time to plan their own learning and choose their own activities inside and outside,
- Story time.
Learning is planned in a cross-curricular way ensuring that children can make connections between English and other areas of the curriculum. Lessons are designed to challenge all pupils with many opportunities for teachers and pupils to assess the learning taking place.
Each term Foundation focus on a topic and focus learning across this topic.
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Our progressive and developmentally appropriate curriculum builds on the previous experiences of our children and covers 7 Areas of Learning:
Communication and Language
Children are provided with opportunities to experience a rich language environment in order to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and listening in a wide range of activities. A lot of time is spent developing their vocabulary.
In both the indoor and outdoor areas, children are encouraged to be active and to improve their skills of coordination, control and movement within their fine and gross motor skills.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Children are provided with experiences and support to help them develop a positive sense of themselves and others, to form positive relationships and develop respect. Children learn how to manage their feelings, to understand appropriate behaviour in groups and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Children are encouraged to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of exciting reading materials to ignite their interest.
Children are provided with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers and calculating simple addition and subtraction problems. They are also developing their knowledge of shapes and measuring.
Understanding the World
Children are naturally curious. We offer a wide range of experiences that encourage them to ask and find answers to questions about the world around them.
Expressive Arts and Design
We encourage our children to express their thoughts, ideas and feelings in a variety of ways, e.g. through art, music, movement and role play.
We will be having PE lessons on a weekly basis. We would appreciate it if all children could bring a full, named PE kit at all times. To support the children with their changing, please encourage independence at home.
At the end of the academic year all Foundation Stage children will be assesed against the National Foundation Stage Early Learning goals. All results will be reported to parents within their child's individual annual reports.
Each class will hold an assembly once throughout the year. The assembly will take place 9.10-9.30am approx. Parents are invited to come in and watch the assembly.
Foundation homework expectations are as follows:
- regular practice of sounds and word cards, including recognising 'tricky words
- reading - once children are ready to take home reading books, daily home reading should take place and recorded in a home/school message books
- practising formation of letters using the Kinetic letters sheet will be sent home once covered in school.
Websites to try at home
If you need anymore information about the Foundation Stage, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to see Mrs Steph Nourish, our Foundation Stage phase leader.