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Foundation Stage

Learning in the Foundation Stage

During your child’s Reception year they will engage in a play-based curriculum. As much as possible, this will be based upon their interests in order optimise their learning across all areas of the curriculum.

We will plan fun, hands-on activities within a safe and stimulating learning environment to promote your child’s learning. Your child will have time to initiate their own learning through play throughout the Foundation Stage unit, which will be supported by the whole team.​ They will also take part in whole class, small group and individual activities and they will work in their class group at specific times during the day.

Your child’s progress will be regularly assessed against the Development Matters areas of learning and the Early Learning Goals.

The Early Years Curriculum

There are seven areas of learning and development in the Foundation Stage all of which are equally important and interconnected.

This includes three prime areas which provide the basis for learning; igniting curiosity and enthusiasm for learning:

Communication and Language Development

This 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

This involves providing opportunities for young children to be active; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children are helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This 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.

The four specific areas build upon the areas above, these are:

Literacy Development

This involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are provided with a wide range of writing and reading materials.


This 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 measures.

Understanding the World

This 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

This 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 a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

Evaluate their own work and that of others.

To develop a passion for and a commitment to the subject.

 Our EYFS leader is Mrs Ward