Foundation Stage Curriculum
Learning in the Foundation Stage
When children start school in our Foundation Stage Class, they follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
There is a strong focus on developing partnerships with parents in the learning process. The school makes on-entry assessments and uses records received from our Pre-School Group and other early years’ settings to provide important information on each child’s stage of development. During each term, the Foundation Stage Profile is used as an assessment tool to move the children forward in their learning. At the end of the Foundation Stage year, the Profile is used as a basis for each child’s school report.
At Sandringham & West Newton Primary School, our aim is to provide high quality education in the Early Years Foundation Stage which will make a positive contribution to children’s early development and learning and which will help them to become truly independent, life-long learners. We consider that the early years are critical in children’s development, and we believe that the foundation stage is about developing key learning skills such as listening, speaking, concentration, persistence and learning to work together and co-operate with other children. It is also about developing early communication, literacy and numeracy skills that will prepare young children for Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum.
At the heart of our curriculum, is the development of the 8 critical skills of: problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, creative thinking, communication, organization, management and leadership; and the 7 fundamental dispositions of: ownership, self-direction, quality, character, collaboration, curiosity and wonder and community.
A key part of the foundation stage curriculum is based around well-planned play, both indoors and outdoors. Play is an important way in which young children learn with enjoyment and challenge. Through play they can, explore, make sense of the world, practise and build up ideas and skills, learn self-control and the need for rules, be alone or with others, take risks and make mistakes, think creatively and imaginatively, communicate, investigate and express their fears or anxieties in a safe environment.
The early years foundation stage curriculum focuses on three prime areas which are most essential for children’s healthy development:
- Communication and language
- Personal, social and emotional development