Aims in the Curriculum
We appreciate that for many of you this may be your first experience of school as a parent and we would like to provide you with an introduction to the Foundation Stage and our aims within it. We greatly value the children’s previous experiences and believe that learning through play and first hand experiences are vital when developing their thirst for knowledge. We are very fortunate to have excellent facilities to enable this to happen, these include fantastic bright spacious classrooms, a large and exciting outdoor learning environment, a mud kitchen and numerous child friendly spaces to explore.
Aims and Objectives for the Foundation Stage
We aim to:
Provide a caring and secure environment, where each child is valued as an individual.
Provide equal opportunities for all children, incorporating different cultures, religions and special needs
Develop every child’s confidence and self-esteem to help them become caring and social individuals.
Provide a flexible and stimulating curriculum across the seven areas of learning.
Plan challenging learning experiences that have been informed by observation and assessment.
Provide a range of opportunities that are both adult and child initiated within the classroom and outdoor classroom environment.
Provide secure and safe learning environments indoors and out.
Work in partnership with parents and within the wider context.
Foundation Stage Curriculum
We adhere to the Statutory Framework of the EYFS (2012) and the four guiding principles that shape and guide practice within our Early Years setting. These are:
A Unique Child
Learning and Development
Our Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is based on ‘Development matters’ and an outline can be seen below:
The Prime areas develop in response to relationships and experiences. They support learning in all other areas and are fundamental throughout the EYFS.
The. Specific areas include essential skills and knowledge which grow out of the Prime areas and provide important contexts for learning.
In the foundation stage we carefully plan broad topics which are guided by the children’s own interests and create meaningful opportunities for cross curricular learning. Our planning is always based upon the children’s interests, ideas, suggestions and style of learning. When planning we also take into account the children’s learning styles and preference. We encourage children to be adventurous and challenge themselves, we monitor this through the Characteristics of Effective Learning.
The children learn through a balance of both child-initiated opportunities and adult led activities to support their learning of basic skills. Play is a large element within the curriculum, the children are able to act upon their personal interests and ideas and have their learning consolidated, embedded, extended and challenged by adults within the setting.
Expressive Arts and Design
Communication and language
Personal, social and emotional development
Understanding the world