We believe that there are four strands within the child that we must develop throughout the foundation stage.
As individuals children must grow in confidence, have a positive self-image and learn to make their own choices.
It is through play that children demonstrate their interests and desire to investigate the world around them. Children must be actively involved in this process for it to be relevant. They may be alone, alongside others or co-operative in their play. The opportunity will be provided for children’s interpretation of the play situation to be diverse.
Throughout the foundation stage we will aim to develop children’s sense of responsibility towards themselves, others and the environment. We will help children to become more independent and capable of making decisions.
Our provision during the foundation stage will encourage children to express themselves creatively, imaginatively and use communication skills in a wide range of situations. There will be the opportunity to develop the skills of listening, thinking, questioning, discussing and reasoning.
Children who enter our Reception class will follow a course of study based on the ‘Curriculum guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage’. They will aim to reach Early Learning Goals in Communication & Language, Mathematics, Literacy, Physical development, Expressive Arts & Design, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, and Knowledge and understanding of the World.
The Goals that we are aiming for are displayed in the Foundation Stage area for parents to become familiar with. It is at this age more than any other that you, as parents, are key to successful learning for your child.
Throughout their time in the Foundation Stage, children will be observed by teachers who will take note of their development and progress. You will be regularly invited into school to discuss your child’s progress and your observations and comments will form part of your child’s overall assessment.