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30th May 15
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Early Years Foundation Stage


We aim to give children a happy and confident start at school by welcoming both children and parents to our pre- programme. This includes a varied range of activities in the summer term, to prepare the children for the big and exciting event of starting school.

In September, the Reception children begin school on a part-time basis initially, to settle them quickly and to develop good relationships.

Throughout the Reception year, children experience an exciting curriculum, both indoors and outdoors, designed to meet the needs of young children. This is fun, creative and play based and challenges each child to achieve his/her individual potential.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum comprises six areas of learning, with each child working towards achieving “Early Learning Goals”:

Communication, Language and Literacy

Speaking, listening, reading and writing are taught through a daily literacy

session plus a range of other exciting activities such as role play and storytelling and emergent writing which are incorporated into all other curriculum areas.

Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy

Daily Mathematical sessions are largely practical and incorporate Number,

Shape and Space, Measures and problem solving activities. Children are encouraged to develop these skills throughout the curriculum.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

The children’s natural curiosities and desires to learn are stimulated by a range of play and discussion activities to gain knowledge and understanding of the world around them and develop early skills in Science, Geography, History, ICT, Design Technology and R.E.

Personal Social and Emotional Development

Throughout the curriculum, the children will develop a range of social skills and personal qualities based on their attitudes towards themselves and others.

Creative Development

Creativity, imagination and self expression are developed through role play,

art, music and dance activities. Children are involved in planning creatively to enhance the curriculum.

Physical Development

Children are given a range of opportunities to develop their fine and gross motor skills. Twice weekly P.E. sessions in addition to outdoor play are planned to meet

children’s physical needs.

Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are assessed continually throughout the year and their progress in each area of learning and "next steps" are shared with parents termly.

Parents are regularly welcomed into school and their contribution to their child's experiences is highly valued.