The Foundation Stage is the period of education from age three to five. It starts in pre-school and ends in the Reception year. During this stage children work towards the early learning goals which they aim to achieve by the end of the foundation stage.
The learning goals are divided into six key areas:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication, language and literacy
- Mathematical development
- Knowledge and understanding of the world
- Physical development
- Creative development
The philosophy underpinning the foundation stage curriculum is that learning should be planned and structured with an emphasis on fun, relevant and motivation activities.
In year R, children further their understanding by playing, talking, observing, planning, questioning, exploring, repeating, reflecting and responding to adults and to each other. Well planned play is a key way in which children learn with enjoyment and challenge during the foundation stage. The foundation stage prepares children for learning in key stage 1 when national curriculum programmes are taught in years 1 and 2.
It is important for young children to have a regular routine with which they are familiar. Our day starts with activities to help children learn their sounds and words and continues with a mixture of lessons to support whole class, group and individual learning.
One of the favourite parts of our children’s day is Plan, Do, Review, when children plan their own activities, and spend time afterwards reflecting on their work and how to improve it.
YR children play and learn in their own playground, supported by adults each day. Our day is filled with songs, stories, talk and numbers and is a good example of how learning can be fun! Each child will have a key adult, who will be responsible for their care and learning.
Foundation Stage Profile
The foundation stage profile is an ongoing assessment and a way of summing up each childs progress and learning needs for the foundation stage. The profile records observations through day–to–day learning and teaching throughout the year and evaluates the children’s achievements within the six areas. We use Tapestry, an online assessment tool, to record your child’s learning and you can access your child’s profile and upload photos and comments from home too.