THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE IS FOR PUPILS AGED 3 TO 5 YEARS I.E. NURSERY AND RECEPTION. THIS IS A KEY PHASE OF CHILDREN’S EDUCATION. WE BUILD UPON THE BASICS SKILLS FOR MAKING OUR CHILDREN INTO SUCCESSFUL LEARNERS. WE VALUE PARENT’S SUPPORT IN HELPING THEIR CHILDREN, AND THE SCHOOL RUNS WORKSHOPS DURING THE YEAR TO DEVELOP THIS PARTNERSHIP.
Aims of the Early Years Foundation Stage
- To provide a welcoming, happy and caring environment where each child is valued as an individual.
- To develop independence, self-confidence, self control and self discipline.
- To help each child relate to peers and adults.
- To encourage awareness of and sensitivity towards the needs of others.
- To foster and promote intellectual development through looking, listening and doing.
- To encourage fluency and coherence of speech.
- To foster initiative, curiosity and good humour.
- To foster good relationships between home, school and the community.
- To develop an enquiring mind, an interest in learning and enthusiasm towards the next stage of school life.
The curriculum for the whole Foundation Stage around 3 prime areas of learning:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development – this is a crucial part of a child’s development in Early Years. Activities include circle time, games to learn social skills and teaching the children to be independent.
Physical Development – this allows the children to develop their fine and gross motor skills both in the classroom and outside.
Communication and Language – this focuses on listening and attention, understanding of language and speaking.
The prime areas of the curriculum are supported by four specific areas,
which teach children key skills and knowledge for development:
Mathematics, Literacy, Understanding of the World, and Expressive Arts and Design.