Miss A Sprason
Foundation Stage Leader
Foundation Stage Co-Ordinator - Miss A Sprason
Our Foundation Stage Staff work towards the early learning goals to establish the expectation that most children will reach them by the end of the Reception class.
A lot of emphasis is put on well planned play, both indoors and outdoors in the Foundation Stage. It is a key way in which young children learn with enjoyment and challenge. This is planned and delivered through the three characteristics of effective learning which are:
1. Playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’;
2. Active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements; and
3. Creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.
The Development Matters document is used to assess the progress children are making at each stage of development and provide the children with appropriate activities to help them learn.
A successful partnership with parents is crucial to the development and learning of each child. We emphasise a two-way flow of information, knowledge and expertise between home and school. Some of the key ways we ensure this strong partnership are ‘Stay and Play’ sessions in the outdoor learning environment after school and the ‘Lending Library’ in Nursery. Please ask the staff for details.
During their time in Nursery and Reception your child will be assessed constantly through observations. We use the Early Excellence Baseline assessments for entry to Nursery and Reception. This is done by observing the children playing and learning and judgements are made by the teachers in the following areas: Engagement, Motivation, Creating and Critical Thinking, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Literacy and Mathematics. This information is used to set learning objectives and provide a baseline for measuring the progress a child makes through the Foundation Stage and the rest of the school. During their final half term in Reception Class your child will have a Statutory Foundation Stage Assessment, which gives us detailed information about how they have progressed against all the areas in the Foundation Stage curriculum. Your child will not be aware that they are being assessed as it takes place during normal classroom activities.
A Unique Child
Every child is a competent leaner from birth, who can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured.
Children learn to be strong and independant from a base of loving and secure relationships.
The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning.
Learning and Development
Children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and develeopment are equally important and inter-connected.
It is through these themes working together, that we build a curriculum around the six areas of learning, which themselves are inter-connected.
The seven areas of learning are:
Communication & Language
We provide opportunities and encouragement for our children to use and develop their speaking and listening skills, these are the foundation for literacy and ultimately, reading and writing. We encourage children to use their skills in a range of situations and for a range of purposes and be supported in developing the skills and confidence to do so.
We provide opportunities for children to improve their skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement. Children develop an understanding of the importance of physical activity and making healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal, Social & Emotional Development
We provide our children with experiences and support which will help them to develop a positive sense of themselves and others, respect for others, social skills and a positive disposition to learning as well as helping them to know themselves and what they can do.
We encourage children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. We provide access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
We encourage children to seek patterns, make connections and recognise relationships through finding out about and working with numbers and counting, with sorting and matching and space shape and measure. Children are encouraged to use their knowledge to solve problems, generate new questions and make connections.
Understanding the world
In this area of learning we support children in developing the knowledge, skills and understanding that helps them make sense of the world. We offer opportunities for children to use a range of tools safely, encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments and in real life situations. Children undertake practical experiments and work with a range of materials as well as developing their skills in ICT.
Expressive Arts & Design
Creativity emerges when children become absorbed in action and exploration of their own ideas. Children are provided with opportunities to explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings, through a variety of art, music, movement, dance, imaginative and role-play activities.