Foundation Stage (Nursery & Reception 3-4 years old)
Starting school is an exciting and key part of every child’s life. Therefore we start as we mean to go on, and our Nursery and Reception classes are a testament to our beliefs in providing happy, exciting and challenging educational for all.
The Foundation Stage provides a happy, caring atmosphere for our Nursery and Reception children learn and grow. We place a strong emphasis on children’s social and emotional development enabling children to feel secure and valued members of our school community.
Our indoor classroom is spacious and organised into working areas to ensure children can access resources independently and initiate a creative and explorative approach to their play.
Our recently renovated outdoor area is a large, attractive space that makes the most of the natural environment and provides excellent opportunities for children’s learning and physical development. The children also have many opportunities to learn in the school’s nature garden, meadow and pond area.
Our Foundation Stage teachers and assistants use the Early Year Foundation Stage curriculum and assess the children’s learning and interests on a daily basis. New and extended learning opportunities are child- led and the team plan teacher directed and independent play that reflect the children’s needs and interests. Children enjoy learning in their class groups twice a day with a focus on Maths and English, including phonics and handwriting. There is an innately cross curricular approach in the Foundation Stage where children can explore and discover through meaningful and relevant topics and areas of learning.
We view parents as partners and seek to involve them in all aspects of their children’s learning.
The Foundation Stage follows the school Phonics Policy and teaches daily phonics lessons using the DfE Letters and Sounds guidelines. Children learn phonics through sound making, singing, ICT and games. They learn the sounds and corresponding letters, spell simple common words, CVC (consonant/vowel/consonant) words, and how to read and write words using segmenting and blending skills. Sessions are differentiated to ensure that ever child’s needs are met and so that they become confident early readers and writers.
P.E is taught weekly in class groups. The children learn aspects of dance, gymnastics and team games. Children are expected to wear a full PE kit and learn about healthy bodies, keeping safe, team work and sportsmanship.
Alongside the singing and music that is a daily part of the Early Years curriculum; all children in the Foundation Stage have a weekly music lesson with our Music specialist teacher. They learn songs, play rhythms, and explore musicality. Children learn to develop confidence and creativity through several performances each year including a Christmas performance and class assemblies.