The Foundation Stage


Our EYFS curriculum is designed to: recognise children’s prior learning from various previous settings and their experiences at home, provide first hand learning experiences, whilst allowing the children to build resilience, ambition and integrity. Every child is recognised as a unique individual and we celebrate and welcome differences within our school community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values. Whole class, small group and individual teaching is used to ensure that every child achieves their full potential. We provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning and believe that children’s first experiences of school should be happy and positive, enabling them to develop a lifelong love of learning.

We aim to promote positive attitudes to both learning and behaviour. This will reflect the values and skills needed to promote responsibility for learning and future success. We also create a supportive indoor and outdoor learning environment.

Prior to children joining us, it is our aim for them to meet their new teacher, either in their pre-school setting or at a transition session within school. Parents too, will be given opportunities to meet the Early Years Foundation Stage Teacher, the class Teaching Assistant as well as the Headteacher and other key people at school. We find that children are then happy to come into school and the transition process is a smooth and positive experience for all.

Children are prepared to reach the Early Learning Goals at the end of the Foundation Stage and we ensure all children make good progress from their varied starting points. This supports their transition into Year 1 and their readiness to build upon their learning. We aim to ensure all children have the confidence and skills to make decisions and self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.


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