Foundation Stage Curriculum
In Nursery and Reception Class, we plan every half-term, using children's interests as a starting point for our planning and Learning Challenge questions.
The Early Years Foundation Stage
Nursery and Reception together make up ‘The Foundation Stage.’ In the Foundation Stage curriculum there are 7 different areas of learning and development. The emphasis in the Foundation Stage is on learning through play.
The Prime Areas of Learning
Communication and language development
Children will be given 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.
Children will be given opportunities to be active and interactive. They will develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, to dress independently and to make healthy choices in relation to food and healthy living.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Children will be supported 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 Specific Areas of Learning
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 to ignite their interest and enthusiasm in reading.
Provide 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 of the World
Guide 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
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.