At Glynne we strongly believe that a child’s time in the Foundation Stage is one of the most important times in school as this develops the whole foundation for their learning and development. The staff in the Foundation Stage spend a lot of time not only making exciting resources and creating role play areas, but the majority of their time is spent nurturing and caring for the children and trying to make school an exciting and enjoyable experience.
The curriculum within the Early Years Foundation Stage is planned around four main themes:
- A Unique Child – Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
- Positive Relationships – Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
- Enabling Environments – The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
- Learning and Development – Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.
There are seven main areas of learning and development which guide the staff engagement with your child’s play and activities as they learn new skills and knowledge.
The seven areas are split into three prime areas which children should develop first. These are:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
Once they have a good understanding of the prime areas they will then develop skills in four specific areas these are:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
Each area of learning and development is implemented through planned purposeful play and through a mix of adult led and child initiated activities. Play is an essential part of a child’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems and relate to others. The children learn by leading their own play and taking part in play that is led by adults. Then as children move into Reception and get older the balance will gradually shift to more activities led by adults to prepare for more formal learning in Year 1.
The progress children have made by the end of the Foundation Stage is defined by the Early Learning Goals.
The Early Learning Goals are set out within the prime areas:
Communication and Language
- Listening and attention
- Moving and handling
- Health and self care
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Self confidence and self awareness
- Managing feelings and behaviour
- Making relationships
and then the specific areas:
- Shape , space and measures
Understanding of the World
- People and communities
- The world
Expressive Arts and Design
- Exploring and using media and materials
- Being imaginative
Throughout their time in the Foundation Stage our pupils engage with other people and their environment and are encouraged to play and explore, be active learners and create and think critically. These characteristics underpin learning and development across all areas and support our pupils to remain effective, motivated and successful learners.