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Our Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is guided by the EYFS Guidelines and principles and focuses on the six areas of learning: personal, social and emotional development; communication – language and literacy; mathematical development; knowledge and understanding of the world; physical development and creative development. Our school fully supports the principle that young children learn through play, and engages the children in well-planned structured activities.

Teaching in the Foundation classes builds on the experiences of the children in their pre-school learning. We have endeavoured to ensure that foundation units provide a firm basis for progression through school using the excellent practise and theories embedded in early years practise as a springboard for developing a whole school approach to teaching and learning within the creative curriculum. All topics covered by the Foundation stage link progressively with those taught across school.

Monitoring Progress

In Nursery and Reception we regularly assess children and identify their next steps. Progress is recorded in observations that make up the children’s individual learning journeys.

How you can find out how your child is getting on?

  • Parents evenings
  • Learning Journeys
  • End of Nursery/ Reception reports

Promote Independence

We are always there to help but the more your child can do the happier they will be!

  • Encourage your child to practise taking their coat on and off and hanging it up.
  • Practise going to the toilet by themselves.
  • Spend some time away from you with friends or family.
  • Practise taking turns when playing games and sharing toys with other children.
  • Give your child simple instructions such as “Put your blocks away in the box”

A Parents’ Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework can be found here.