Early Years Foundation Stage

In the Early Years Foundation Stage the children learn best through play and first-hand experiences, we encourage independence in everything and delight in seeing the children be really proud of their achievements and their abilities.

Young children’s learning is not compartmentalised. They learn when they make connections between experiences and ideas that are related to their lives and have the opportunities to have first-hand new experiences.

Children enjoy using all their skills developed during formal learning to make sense of the world around them.

Our role is to support their efforts and help them to achieve of their best – from being able to hang up their own school bag and bring their book bag into the classroom, to being the helping hands, to writing their names and confidently participate in learning new things.

Our emphasis is on practical work; we provide:

  • Activities that promote ‘hands on’ learning that encourage exploration, observation, problem solving, prediction, critical thinking, decision making and discussion, such as making our ice structures, planting and caring for seeds in the best environment and investigating light and shadows.
  • An environment with a wide range of activities both indoors and outdoors that will stimulate their own interest and curiosity, including Gray’s Wood, especially in our well-resourced classrooms and outdoor areas where the children can independently access resources.
  • Opportunities that help children to become aware, to explore and question issues of differences in gender, ethnicity, language, religion and culture and of special educational needs and disability issues through learning about senses, festivals and celebrations.

Children acquire a range of skills, knowledge and attitudes whilst fully communicating their thoughts, ideas and feelings with adults and each other.

We hold curriculum workshop mornings in the Spring and Summer Terms, parents are invited to work alongside their child and gain some insight into how they learn.