Welcome to our Foundation Stage! We are a friendly, caring and enthusiastic team who work hard to make sure that your child has a positive experience at the beginning of their school life. Our curriculum content is based around children’s needs and interests, their stages of development and themes that we have identified as being important building blocks in their knowledge and understanding of the world around them.
The curriculum is underpinned by the seven areas of learning and is designed to enable children to achieve their potential and reach the Early Learning Goals. The seven areas of learning all carry equal importance. They include the three Prime Areas:
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The Prime Areas are a crucial part of early development; they play an important role in encouraging children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and they are designed to support children as they learn to form relationships, moderate their emotions and develop their independence.
The remaining four areas are the Specific Areas of Learning and they include:
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
These areas include the essential skills and knowledge that children will need as they continue their journey through school.
Bearing all this in mind, our curriculum is designed to:
Provide children with hands-on learning experiences that engage and inspire
Ensure that our children are confident communicators capable of building strong relationships based on a foundation of Restorative Practice
Encourage a lifelong love of reading
Develop each individual according to their strengths, needs and interests
Enable children to develop the maths and literacy skills they need to access the KS1 curriculum.
Our teaching is supported by the non-statutory guidance ‘Development Matters’, and ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds’ is our phonics and early reading validated scheme.
Children learn best through play and we ensure that they have dedicated, uninterrupted opportunities to do this. They are supported by staff who observe and engage with the children’s play in order to move their learning on.
Outdoor Learning is another important part of the curriculum. Children have daily opportunities to spend time outside, where they can investigate the world around them and engage in play that is bigger, louder and messier than inside play. It is many children’s favourite part of the day!
We firmly believe that teaching is a partnership and we welcome your support and feedback. We are always happy to talk and answer any questions you may have.
We admit children from the term after their 3rd birthday into our FS1 class, Red Base. They move to FS2 in the September after their 4th birthday. We have space for 60 children in our two FS2 classes – Blue Base and Green Base.
Please contact the school office on 01482 353125 or Mrs Wellington (Assistant Headteacher and EYFS Leader) at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions.