Foundation Stage (FS1 & FS2)
Our Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is a broad and balanced curriculum with relevant and appropriate content that matches the different levels of the young child’s needs. We take into account the children’s different starting points and rates of development and encourage the children to be active, motivated and independent learners.
Children learn by playing, observing, experimenting, taking risks, questioning, repeating and talking. Children learn best through first hand experiences. The teaching and learning pedagogy we adopt is one that is structured to accommodate the vital teaching of phonics, reading/writing and number. These teaching and learning sessions take place every day.
The curriculum is structured to provide rich and stimulating experiences that are challenging and enjoyable. The curriculum is flexible, is influenced by, and caters for, individual needs, interests, enthusiasms and learning styles.
The curriculum provides opportunities for teaching and learning, both outdoors and indoors. Our enclosed outdoor space is secure and offers children the ability to explore a different environment, presenting them with different challenges and experiences.
Our dedicated woodwork room encompasses all areas of learning and development where children feel empowered and valued by being trusted and given the responsibility to work with real tools.
We offer children a range of practical, investigative and recorded activities and provide opportunities for whole class, group, paired and individual activities. We aim to challenge the children, expect the most of them and have high expectations of children’s behaviour.
The curriculum is planned in seven areas of learning and development; all areas are important and inter-connected.
- Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations
- Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity6, and to make healthy choices in relation to food
- Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities
- Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest
- Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure
- Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment
- Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology