We firmly believe that children in the EYFS (Foundation Stages 1 & 2) need to experience a wide variety of first hand, practical learning opportunities, learning through play and investigation, to support their learning and development. Learning is carefully planned to ensure there are opportunities to learn new skills, apply them and consolidate these across the different areas of the curriculum, both within the classroom and in the outside learning areas. We aim to provide a secure, enjoyable and caring educational environment where each and every child feels valued.
The children in Foundation Stage 1 and 2 follow the Early Year’s Foundation Stage Curriculum (Sept. 2014). The Early Year’s Foundation Stage curriculum includes 7 key areas of learning.
The curriculum is centred on 3 prime areas of learning:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
In addition, there are four specific areas that build on the skills learnt in the prime areas:
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Provision in Early Years involves activities and experiences from the prime and specific areas of learning. Provision for Foundation Stage 1 pupils is focused on developing the 3 prime areas, as a firm foundation for the specific areas, which are explored in more detail during Foundation Stage 2.
The curriculum is taught through a variety of cross-curricular themes and activities planned are based around the children’s interests and level of knowledge. We have 6 main learning topics a year and the children are involved in planning and developing ideas for these topics.
Every day children have a phonics lesson, following the ‘Read Write Inc.’ scheme. In Foundation Stage 2, the children are also directly taught English or Maths daily, which is linked to the topic. Children participate in various small group activities daily to introduce new concepts and develop skills across the curriculum.