Foundation Stage Curriculum

The school has adopted Norfolk’s Policy on equal opportunities that ensures all children have access to a broad and balanced curriculum.

Nursery (FS1) and Reception (FS2) children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework which identifies Early Learning Goals and sets the standards that all early years’ providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

Children will work towards achieving these goals by the end of their Reception year. The children progress towards these goals by way of a series of developmental phases, and planned learning opportunities are linked to these steps.

We strive to provide every unique child with confidence, independence and resilience through positive relationships.  Through play based curriculum, your child will have the opportunity to develop and use intellectual, communication, social, and physical skills. The children will also be given an opportunity to take part in a variety of outdoor activities on a daily basis.

Children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them to build their learning over time. They develop and learn at different rates, this framework covers the education and care of all children in early years’ provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The learning for Foundation Stage children is divided into seven areas, 3 prime areas and 4 specific areas.

Prime Areas

Communication and Language:

The development of children’s spoken language underpins all seven areas of learning and development. Children will be encouraged to practice, extend and enrich their range of vocabulary and the communication skills they have. Teaches will support and model communication, providing them with extensive opportunities to use and embed new words in a range of contexts and situations. The children will also be supported to develop their listening skills.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development:

Children will be supported to manage emotions, to take turns and share, to develop confidence and independence. Through adult modelling and guidance, they will learn how to look after their bodies, including healthy eating, and manage personal needs independently. Through supported interaction with other children, they learn how to make good friendships, to be sensitive to the needs and feelings of others, to treat living things, property and the environment with care and concern. this enables children to learn how to understand their own feelings and those of others.

Physical Development:

Children will be able to improve their fine motor and co-ordination skills by using a range of equipment, materials, and tools which encourage children to develop proficiency, control and confidence. Gross motor development will be supported through running, jumping, climbing, balancing, and using large and small apparatus, which will encourage them to develop their core strength, stability, balance, spatial awareness, co-ordination and agility. Children will begin to understand how their bodies work and what they need to do to be healthy and safe.

Specific Areas

Literacy:

Children will be encouraged to use, share and enjoy books and to join in with poems and rhymes. Reading consists of two dimensions: language comprehension and word reading. They are taught to write and draw with increasing control, and learn to recognise and write letters, words and symbols, and to write their own names. FS1 and FS2 children are taught sound recognition through Read, Write Inc. This is continued and extended as the children enter Key Stage 1.

Mathematics:

Children will be helped and encouraged to develop their understanding of number, measurement, shape and space and use the mathematical language that goes with this. It is important that children develop positive attitudes and interests in mathematics, look for patterns and relationships, spot connections, ‘have a go’, talk to adults and peers about what they notice and not be afraid to make mistakes. They will experience a wide range of activities and opportunities for children to explore, enjoy, learn, practice and talk about these concepts.

Understanding of the World:

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. Children will be encouraged to talk about where they live, their environment, their families, and about past and present events in their own lives.

They will look closely at similarities and differences in natural and man-made things.

They will learn to choose materials and use tools appropriately to make things, and will develop basic ICT skills, using computers, interactive whiteboards, programs and programmable toys linked to the curriculum.

Expressive Arts and Design:

Children will be supported to develop their imagination and creativity. They will be given opportunities to represent their ideas by drawing, painting, and using a wide range of material. They will explore colour, shape, texture, form, and space. They will listen to, and make music, and will be encouraged to use their imagination when playing and exploring, through activities such as small world play and role play.