Curriculum – Foundation Years (Nursery and Reception)

The aim of the Foundation Stage is to help pupils achieve their full potential by looking at:

  • The individual child
  • Developing positive relationships
  • Creating exciting environments
  • Developing learning through play and directed activities.

Play underpins the curriculum in the Foundation Stage.  Children must have opportunities to play indoors and outdoors on a daily basis.  Most children play spontaneously, although some may need adult support, and it is through play that they develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally.  Through play, children:

  • Explore the world around them
  • Learn to understand the need for rules
  • Think creatively and imaginatively
  • Practice and build up ideas
  • Take risks and make mistakes
  • Learn to communicate with others; investigate and solve problems.

Progress is measured in smaller steps known as the Early Learning Goals.  These cover six areas of learning:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication, Language and Literacy
  • Problem solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  • Physical Development
  • Creative Development

Ongoing assessment is an intergral part of the learning and development processes. This takes place in the form of observations and the outcomes are shared and discussed with parents regularly.

Highly qualified and experienced staff assess and support the children as they make their learning journey. The children are taught to develop their skills and value their achievement. They are also taught to respect other people and property. We encourage the children to think creatively and imaginatively and promote an atmosphere of fun, excitement, anticipation and celebration.

The children in our setting can choose from a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led group activities which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others.

Outdoor activities contribute to the children’s health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. The children are encouraged to play and learn in our stimulating and exciting outdoor environment where they are given the opportunities and space to explore and discover.