Foundation Stage Educational Project.
From entry into the School until the age of five, children follow the Early Years Curriculum and are supported in developing their potential at their own pace. The project based curriculum focuses on seven prime areas of learning. Using developmentally appropriate play activities, we ensure that a carefully planned curriculum is design and tailored to meet individual children's interests. Our educational project within the Foundation Stage recognises that children develop quickly, and our team are focused on facilitating the children’s right to provision which enables them to develop their personalities, talents and abilities.
Our philosophies and aims are underpinned by an ethos and monitoring of developmental milestones which appreciates that “Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them. Development is not an automatic process, however. It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.”
As such, our Foundation Stage team, tailor our children’s provision to incorporate the four themes of:
- A unique child
- Positive relationships
- Enabling environments
- Learning and development
identifying the principles and practice of these themes in order to provide a rich experience for the children.
Regardless of language, ethnicity, culture or religion, the children within our Foundation Stage are immersed within a supportive Educational Project which recognises each child as unique.
Structure of our Educational Project
When working in either phase, our Foundation Stage cater for not only the formal learning opportunities of the 4 – 5 year olds, but also the need for continuous provision which covers the prime areas of learning, and which encourages children as independent but supported learners.
Our Foundation Stage works in 2 clear phases:
Within Nursery, we have two groups: Early Years which begins at 18 months and Foundation Stage 1, for our 3 and 4 years old. In order to facilitate the four themes, the two groups timetable their day so that our children experience age appropriate activities, both adult led and child initiated, in order to target and develop their individual needs. Part of their day is therefore within their age appropriate class. However, in order to provide the opportunities which encourage the four themes, the two classes spend some of their day interacting and working alongside each other. This allows children to develop at their own rate of learning as a unique child.
Within Reception, we have two groups: Foundation Stage 2, and a composite class of Foundation Stage 1 and 2 children. Both groups follow the Foundation Stage 2 curriculum, which continues to embed the four themes, and one beginning to formalise the children’s learning in preparation for their transition into Key Stage 1. Continuous provision continues to be recognised as promoting independent exploration, but greater emphasis is increasingly placed upon the importance of the core skills of Maths and English. Learning is often around a central theme where links and connections in learning can be made.