Foundation Stage Curriculum

Early Learning

In the first years at school, much learning is done through ‘play’. Do not be fooled by the word ‘play’.

Play is a child’s work!
Play teaches children about themselves and others –
* It develops their skills of mind and body.
* It develops their ability to concentrate and persevere.
*  It develops their imagination and creativity.

It is through these early learning experiences that the child, with adult guidance, builds up an understanding, which is the basis for reading, writing and mathematical skills, whilst also developing a positive attitude to learning.

The Reception Day

The children are allocated to one of three Reception classes. Your child will work both in small groups and as a part of the whole class. At other times, the three classes join together for free-flow sessions, where your child will choose which activities to do, both indoors and outdoors. These sessions are carefully planned to promote learning through structured play activities.


In school, the children read in lots of ways as part of both large and small groups and individually. As well as books from the school reading scheme, Read Write Inc, they will read lots of other words, sentences and stories during the school day. Once the children have settled into school, they will start to bring home a story or information book to be shared and enjoyed with an adult. As soon as each child is ready, a Read Write Inc book will be sent home. Please listen to your child read for a few minutes each day. Children need repetition to help them learn, and reading the same book several times will help to build confidence. Don’t forget to sign and make a comment in your child’s reading diary. Always try to think of something good to say!


To begin with in school we say the sound the letter makes, not its name. You can, however, encourage your child to know both, as we introduce the name and sound during the year through our very structured Read Write Inc programme.

The Curriculum for the Early Years Foundation Stage supports children’s learning through the following seven areas:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development:
Children develop a positive sense of themselves and respect for others as they learn to take turns, share and develop friendships.

Physical Development:
Skills of control, coordination and manipulation are developed, using both big and small movements.

Language and Communication:
Communication and language are at the heart of young children’s learning. Planned activities will help your child to speak clearly and listen attentively.

Children will begin to recognise and write letters and sounds before blending them to read and write simple words and sentences.

The children learn, through songs, games and practical activities, to count, read and write numbers, solve simple problems, sort, measure and recognise shapes.

Understanding of the World:
Children explore, observe and problem solve as they make sense of the world.

Expressive Arts and Design:
Being creative enables children to make connections between each area of learning. We develop creativity through art, music, dance, role play and imaginative play.

Learning Characteristics
Through these seven areas of learning, we will teach the children to explore, solve problems, improve concentration and develop resilience and the determination to succeed.
We want all our children to love learning!

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