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FOUNDATION

Welcome to Foundation

 

Foundation Leader ~ Mrs Golding-Dall

The children in Foundation 1 work with ~ Mrs Quayle, Mrs Pedley

The children in Foundation 2 work with ~ Mrs Golding-Dall, Mrs Weaving & Miss Baker

 

 

 

 

The Early Years Foundation Stage is based on the recognition that children learn best through play and active learning. 

At Forestdale we developed this around the 4 themes that underpin the Early Years Foundation Stage.

1 ~ A Unique Child - Observe what a child is learning

 2 ~  Positive Relationships - What adults can do

 3 ~ Enabling Environments - What adults could provide

 4 ~  Learning and Developing - Children’s achievements through the above

 The Early Years Curriculum is delivered through the 7 areas of learning.  These are broken down into:

 The PRIME AREAS

 

These are crucial for developing children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and will mostly be achieved first during Foundation Stage 1.

 

PSED.        Personal, Social and Emotional Development

 C&L.           Communication and Language 

 PD.             Physical Development

 

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in

The SPECIFIC AREAS

 LIT.           Literacy;

 MATHS.   Mathematics;

 UtW.         Understanding the World;

 EA&D.       Expressive Arts and Design

By the end of (the Reception Year) Foundation 2, children are expected to make expected progress across the 17 Early Learning Goals.

 

 PRIME AREA: Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to speak and listen in a range of situations and to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves.

 

ELG 01

Listening and attention: Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events, and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

ELG 02

Understanding: Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

ELG 03

Speaking: Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.

 

PRIME AREA: Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive, and to develop their coordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

 

ELG 04

Moving and handling: Children show good control and coordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

ELG 05

Health and self-care: Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.

 

PRIME AREA: Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

 

ELG 06

Self-confidence and self-awareness: Children are confident to try new activities, and to say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They say when they do or don’t need help.

ELG 07

Managing feelings and behaviour: Children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow rules. They adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routine in their stride.

ELG 08

Making relationships: Children play cooperatively, taking turns with others.

They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.

 

SPECIFIC AREA: Literacy development involves encouraging children to read and write, both through listening to others reading, and being encouraged to begin to read and write themselves. Children must be given access to a wider range of reading materials – books, poems, and other written materials, to ignite their interest.

 

ELG 09

ReadingChildren read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate an understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

ELG 10

Writing: Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.

 

SPECIFIC AREA: Mathematics development involves providing children with opportunities to practise and improve their skills in counting numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

 

ELG 11

Numbers: Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

ELG 12

Shape, space and measures: Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.

 

SPECIFIC AREA: Understanding of the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

 

ELG 13

People and communities: Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

ELG 14

The world: Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one to another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

ELG 15

Technology: Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.

 

SPECIFIC AREA: Expressive arts and design involves supporting children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play, and design and technology.

 

ELG 16

Exploring and using media and materials: Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

ELG 17

Being imaginative: Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.

 

Reading across the foundation Stage

 

We encourage all children to take books home to share with their parent or carer every day. Staff read stories to the children at least twice a day and discuss title, author, illustrator, characters, setting and plot.  Children learn how to handle books effectively; we foster a love for reading.

 

Phonics

The children follow the letters and sounds program for their phonics , learning to blend and segment words as soon as possible. Many of the reading books we introduce to the children allow them to develop and improve their phonic skills over a period of time. 

 

Maths 

In the Foundation Stage we focus on number as well as shape, space and measures.  We introduce ‘Big Maths’ which is embedded in learning throughout the rest of the school.

 

Foundation Stage Ethos

In the foundation Stage we encourage children to make choices, problem solve and think critically. Through continuous provision we encourage children to become independent learners and nurture their interests through enhancements within the environment. Staff observe and record children’s achievements, and work together to ensure next steps are taken. Each child’s progress is recorded in their Learning Journey which is shared with both parents, children and the Senior Leadership team.

Awards

Awards we have received so far.

  • Primary Science
  • Healthy Schools
  • Health for Life
  • Artsmark Award
  • EEF
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Music Mark