The Foundation Stage

The Foundation Stage begins when children reach the age of three. Children enter the Nursery setting (Foundation 1) and continue until the end of the Reception year (Foundation 2). 

Staff present learning in many imaginative ways which build on the natural curiosity of the children.  Children particularly enjoy the ‘hands-on‘ involvement  and real life opportunities which this offers. We concentrate a great deal on developing skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing and place a particular emphasis on phonics. The development of independence in the children is also seen as a key area.


banana milkshake making in F2

Teachers and Teaching Assistants spend a lot of time working with individuals and small groups in order to put the children in the best possible place to enter Key Stage 1.


         F2 Den Building

 The Early Years curriculum is divided into six areas of learning and development:

  • Personal, social and emotional development: in particular promoting a positive attitude to new learning, learning to work alongside others and developing self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy: opportunities for children to develop their understanding of number, calculations, pattern, shape and measurement.
  • Communication, language and literacy: the development of talking and interaction, extending children’s use of vocabulary, to experience and enjoy a wide range of books and explore early writing experiences.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world: encouraging children to solve problems, make decisions, experiment and explore as well as finding out about places and people who are significant in their lives.
  • Physical development: the development of large scale movement and the precision use of smaller tools and equipment such as scissors. This also includes the awareness of how their bodies work and stay healthy.
  • Creative development: opportunities to explore and share their thoughts and feelings through art, design, music, movement and imaginative activities.