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FOUNDATION STAGE

WHAT IS THE FOUNDATION STAGE?

OUR FOUNDATION STAGE STAFF

 

 Mrs Jamieson Assistant Head Foundation Stage and Ladybird teacher.  

 

 

  Miss Ellis – Bumblebee teacher

  

 

 

  Mrs Palmer – Dragonfly teacher

 

 

 

  Mrs Martin -  Dragonfly HLTA

 

 

 

Our support staff:

Ladybird

 

Bumblebee

Dragonfly

Mrs Martin TA3

Mrs White TA3

Mrs Lewis TA1

Mrs Reid TA1

 

Mrs Brook

Mrs Pearson

Mrs Johnston-Taylor

FOUNDATION STAGE CURRICULUM

Our EYFS curriculum aims to work with parents and carers to enable our children to be:

Competent and creative learners; who are curious about the world around them.

Secure and confident; who enjoy coming to school and learning new skills and knowledge building on their existing learning.

Skilful communicators; who connect with others through language and play, ensuring that they play in a vocabulary rich environment.

Our Bumblebee and Dragonfly children will receive the teaching of early reading through systematic, synthetic phonics to learn to read words and simple sentences accurately.

 

All areas of the EYFS curriculum are followed and planned for to ensure there is a broad, balanced and progressive learning environment and curriculum.  The children will learn new skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate understanding through the seven areas in the EYFS curriculum:

  • Communication and Language – involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development – involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
  • Physical Development – involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

As children grow and make progress in the prime areas, this will help them to naturally develop skills within the four specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy – the early teaching of literacy involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
  • Mathematics – the early teaching of mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, subitising, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; making and creating repeating patterns; and describing shapes, spaces, and measures.
  • Understanding the World – this involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
  • Expressive Arts and Design – this involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

Impact

  • We strive to ensure that our children’s progress across the EYFS curriculum is good from their varied starting points and for children to reach the Early Learning Goals at the end of Reception and to be near National expectations.
  • Class teachers use observations to make formative assessments which inform future planning and ensure that all children build on their current knowledge and skills at a good pace.
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