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Foundation Stage

We would love to welcome your child to our friendly and caring Foundation Stage.  We have capacity for 45 children, split into two inviting classrooms, both opening onto a shared stimulating outdoor classroom.

Each Foundation Stage class has its own identity, own teacher and teaching assistant. The children are grouped according to age, with the oldest children in one class and the youngest in the other. Freeflow sessions, where the children have opportunity to access any of the three Foundation stage areas, allows both classes to mix and play and learn together.  The classes are planned for together but reflect a differentiation for an individual's age as well as ability.

Our Foundation Stage Curriculum for the year is split into predicted areas of interest such as 'ourselves', 'houses and homes' and 'festivals' etc and the children help us plan within those areas so their experiences and their natural curiosity are met with stimulating opportunities for finding out more.  We often begin our learning with a question to which the children add their own questions.  There is also an inherent flexibility in our planning which allows us to develop a mini topic or theme within the larger one if our discussions take us in another direction.

Our Foundation Stage classrooms reflect the seven areas of learning taken from the Early Years Foundation Stage profile:  
  1. Personal, Social and Emotional development
  2. Physical Development
  3. Communication and Language
  4. Literacy
  5. Mathematics
  6. Understanding the world
  7. Expressive arts and design


Both the indoor and outdoor classrooms provide opportunities for the children to express themselves in each of these areas.  Our outside area is deliberately resourced with open-ended items to directly encourage the children to make up games, play imaginatively and develop creativity.  This early development facilitates language, problem solving, reasoning and inquiry.  The children learn to persevere, cooperate and develop their own ideas; all of which equips them for life-long learning. We encourage a 'have a go' attitude!
Staff are engaged in direct teaching, observing and playing alongside the children. Teaching includes activities such as sharing reading or writing texts, learning phonics, handwriting and mathematical knowledge and skills. Observing the children learning creatively and independently without an adult gives staff the opportunity to assess their abilities and to plan for the next steps in their learning journey. When playing alongside the children staff are able to extend and scaffold ideas and promote further learning through open questioning.

During June we initiate meetings and visits with the new starters for the coming September.  We begin by visiting the Nursery / Pre-school settings to meet the children.  Then we invite the settings to visit with us with the chidren so they can explore their new classrooms with the existing Foundation Stage children and we can do paired observations with your child's key workers.  Finally, we invite you and your child to visit for a morning or afternoon session.  This can be repeated if neccessary to ensure the children are fully confident and comfortable with the idea of school before September.  We also hold a Parents Evening in June so we can meet all of you and show you a typical day in our Foundation Stage.  It is also an opportunity to purchase uniform, sample school meals, meet staff and ask any questions you may have about this important  step in your child’s life.

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