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The Foundation Stage Curriculum

This stage covers children aged 3-5 years old. It is an important stage in moving from Pre-School into school and it also prepares children for Year 1. There are 7 areas of learning in this stage and there is a strong emphasis on learning through play. The partnership between the Teacher and Teaching Assistant is very important who work together to create an atmosphere where each child learns and develops at their own pace.

Assessment of children's progress is an on-going process. Evidence such as samples of work, observation, photographs and children's comments are collected throughout the year and their achievements are recorded in individual Foundation Stage profiles. These are shared with parents towards the end of each term.

The Foundation stage is broken down into seven areas of learning:

  • Communication & Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematical Development
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Communication & Language

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Children are encouraged to listen attentively and to talk about their experiences. Skills are developed through storytelling, following instructions, conveying messages, sharing stories, songs and poems and through the use of role play and puppet play in a variety of settings.







Physical Development

Physical Development aims to improve children's skills of co-ordination, control, manipulation and movement. Through gym, indoor and outdoor activities, children are encouraged to use a range of small and large equipment, whilst gaining an awareness of space. They will be encouraged to handle simple tools, objects, construction kits and malleable materials safely.















Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children are encouraged to gain confidence and self-respect and to establish relationships with other children and adults. Through a variety of practical activities, they begin to work as part of a group and independently. Children are encouraged to be sensitive to the needs and feelings of others and to show respect for others' cultures and beliefs. Taking turns and sharing are developed, as is appropriate behaviour, including the care and concern for living things, property and the environment.
Children are encouraged to communicate meaning through pictures, symbols, familiar letters and words. They are given opportunities to write independently for a variety of purposes.


Through sharing books, children begin to handle them carefully, understand how they are organised and recognise that print is used to carry meaning. They are encouraged to draw on a range of strategies such as context, repetition, phonics and the recognition of familiar words.


Mathematical Development

Mathematical development is split into two areas, Number and Shape, Space and measures. Children are encouraged to use number in their play, counting with 1:1 correspondence and practically finding totals and how much is left over when objects are taken away. The children explore shapes and measure using non- standard and standard units of measurements. We encourage children to sort and create patterns during independent learning and find solutions to problems. When appropriate, children are encouraged to record their ideas using marks they can talk about and understand.




Understanding the World

When children are encouraged to talk about their observations and sometimes record them, they begin to ask questions to gain i

nformation about why things happen and how they work. They explore the features of living things, objects and events in the natural and man-made environment, looking closely at similarities and differences, patterns and changes.

Pupils are encouraged to talk about where they live, their families, and past and present events in their own lives. This is supported by stories, artefacts, pictures and photographs. They have the opportunity to become familiar with technology through the use of computers.




Expressive Arts and Design

Through art, music, dance, drama, design and make activities and play activities, children are given the opportunity to use their imagination, to listen and to observe. They use a range of materials, tools and instruments to express their ideas and to communicate their feelings.

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