Foundation Stage

Our Early Years Curriculum has a huge emphasis on communication, literacy and language through a careful balance of child led and adult directed activities so that our children are fit and ready for their KS1 journey. We tailor our curriculum to meet the needs of our children.  It is carefully designed, implemented and regularly reviewed to make sure that our children are ready for the next steps in their learning journey. In Early Years children embark on a journey of discovery and exploration. We create a happy and caring environment where all children feel valued and safe and where they will have the opportunity to develop positive relationships with all the adults and children within our setting. The Early Years Foundation Stage is a unique curriculum where children often initiate their own learning through play as well as engaging in planned topic led learning.Throughout the school day children will take part in whole class, small group and adult directed activities as well as having lots of time to access the provision independently.

The Early Years environment-

Our outdoor classroom.

Our outdoor classroom operates as an Early Years Unit. This means that children in Nursery (Foundation 1) and Reception (Foundation 2) can freely access all areas of the outdoor classroom including our wildlife area, climbing area, construction and den building, wheeled vehicles, water play area as well as our mini- woodland and sports areas. 

Our Indoor Classrooms.

We have one  Foundation 1 classroom and two Foundation 2 classrooms. The children do not mix between the year groups when inside. Each area of learning within the indoor classrooms will have a provocation, adult enhanced provision and materials to extend their learning, all running alongside our continuous provision.

Within each area of learning children will be exposed to curriculum based skills through play. As we teach children independence and structure our timetable will adapt across the year. Carpet inputs will get slightly longer and group sizes will get bigger, to help prepare children for Year 1.