The Foundation Stage covers the Nursery and Reception Years. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which is the statutory framework that sets the standards that all Early Years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. The children learn through a balanced curriculum of fun structured lessons and by following their own interests in a well resourced and exciting environment.
The curriculum comprises of seven areas of learning.
Environments and resources are developed in response to children’s interests and next-step learning needs across all areas of their learning.
Children are taught phonics in Nursery and Reception. In Nursery, most phonics teaching comes from Letters and Sounds Phase 1. This is taught through games and rhymes focused on sound discrimination and rhyming. When children are ready, they begin to learn sounds from Phase 2 onwards. They are taught how to use the sounds to blend and segment words when they are reading and writing. This is taught systematically from Reception onwards using Letters and Sounds.
Parents have an opportunity to contribute and share information about their child from home or to find out how they are getting on at school at termly consultation meetings. This supports planning for each child’s individual needs and interests.
Assessment mostly happens in the moment. Teachers and practitioners are continually looking and asking questions to find out what children know and understand so they can adapt their teaching and the activities they provide to support next step learning for each child. They use the information they have found out to make changes straight away or to plan things for the next lesson.
In Nursery and Reception, teachers make assessment judgements on children’s all round progress at the end of each term.
At the end of Reception, children’s achievement is reported to parents against the Early Learning Goals in the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile.