The Foundation Stage promotes learning experiences of the highest quality .We work together to provide a happy, caring and supportive environment. We are committed to giving each child the best possible start to their school life.
Play is a very important part of growing up. Well planned play, both indoors and outdoors help children to learn many new skills. Whilst in the Foundation Stage, children will spend time involved in activities planned by the teacher, and periods doing activities they have chosen themselves. This enables individuals to build up important relationships with their peers and allows them to use their own initiative and problem solving skills. It is through these experiences that children learn.
We encourage children to engage with other people and their environment, to play and explore, to be active learners, to think creatively and critically and to develop into an effective and motivated learner.
We want all our children to do well and be successful.
The Foundation Stage focuses on the distinct needs of the child and is a crucial stage in overall development and learning.
The Reception and Nursery classes follow the Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage, which covers the prime and specific areas of Learning and Development.
The Prime Areas-
Personal, social and emotional development
· learning to work and play together
· establishing relationships with children and adults
· develop independence
· begin to understand what is right, what is wrong and why
· children gain confidence in what they can do
· enables children to feel the positive benefits of feeling healthy
· improves skills of co-ordination, control , manipulation and movement.
Communication and Language
· listen attentively and respond to stories
· talk about their experiences and being encouraged to make up their own stories
· encouraged to hold books correctly/learning letter sounds.
The Specific Areas
an introduction to the school reading scheme characters.
writing/encouraged to use pictures ,symbols and letters to convey meaning/use a wide range of writing tools.
· practical activities to sort and match objects colour size shape and type
· recreate patterns
· play counting games
· sing number rhymes
· use mathematical understanding to solve problems,
Understanding of the world
· develop knowledge ,skills and understanding to help children make sense of the world.
· forms the foundation for later work in science, design and technology, history and geography and information and technology
Expressive Arts and Design
· Creativity is fundamental to successful learning.
Being creative helps children make connections between one area of learning and another and so extend their understanding.
· Children explore art, music, dance, role-play and imaginative play.