Foundation Stage 

Our Foundation Stage prepares children for their school life as well as preparing them for future learning and success in Key Stage 1 and beyond. We believe children in Nursery and Reception learn through purposeful play, by exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. ‘Learning Challenges’ are used as a basis for exploration, thinking, consolidation of learning and reflection. We plan and provide an active, engaging and exciting range of experiences which supports children’s development and their individual learning needs.


Our children learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. Most children develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

These prime areas are essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


These 7 areas underpin your child’s learning and activities. There are a set of Early Learning Goals that are the expected level that children should reach by the end of the EYFS at age 5. The adults at our school supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. Our curriculum is designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child’s needs and interests and so they can make the best progress they can from their individual starting points.

Every child is assessed at the beginning of school in order to identify their individual starting points. Ongoing daily / weekly assessments are made throughout the EYFS in order to plan each child’s next step in their learning. As part of the EYFS statutory framework all children are formally assessed at the end of the summer term through the EYFS Profile.

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