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The 7 curriculum areas are:

Prime Area

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

Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Art & Design

The 3 Characteristics of Effective Learning are:

  • Playing & Exploring – Engagement
  • Active Learning – Motivation
  • Creating & Thinking Critically – Thinking

The prime areas underpin everything we do, with the specific areas allowing us to ensure the children have a wide range of experiences and learning opportunities. The curriculum is planned for in termly topics; we try to use a book as the way into each topic and plan for adult lead activities as well as independently chosen activities that allow the children to further their learning with minimal adult support. We also encourage the children to do their best and strongly believe that it is the role of an adult to demonstrate and model good practise to the children.

The Foundation Stage at St Andrew’s C.E. Infants’ School is effective because we have practitioners who understand the curriculum and are able to implement the curriculum requirements. They have high expectations of the children and understand that children develop rapidly during the early years – physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially and that all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter – connected.

Learning outdoors is a key part of the Foundation Stage curriculum and at St. Andrew’s we try to ensure that the children have daily acces to an outdoor space. During each week there are set times when classes are able to use the Foundation Stage play space as a learning environment.

By the end of the Foundation Stage we would like to see that all of our children are independent and highly motivated learners, that have acquired the skill needed to support them on the rest of their school journey.

Foundation Years | From pregnancy to children aged 5


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