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Foundation Stage

 

The Early Years Foundation Stage is organised into three “prime” areas of learning and four “specific” areas of learning.
The three prime areas are:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Making RelationshipsSelf Confidence and Self Awareness
  • Managing Feelings and Behaviour

Physical Development

  • Moving and Handling
  • Health and Self-care

Communication and Language

  • Listening and Attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking

The four specific areas are:

Literacy

  • Reading
  • Writing

Mathematics

  • Numbers
  • Shape, Space and Measures

Understanding the World

  • People and Communities
  • The World
  • Technology

Expressive Arts and design

  • Exploring and Using media and Materials
  • Being Imaginative

These areas are interlinked with:

Characteristics of Effective Learning

  1. Playing and Exploring-Engagement
  • Finding out and Exploring
  • Playing with what they know
  • Being willing to have a go
  1. Active Learning-Motivation
  •  Being involved and concentrating
  • Keeping trying
  • Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
  1. Creating and Thinking Critically-Thinking
  • Having their own ideas
  • Making links
  • Choosing ways to do things school

Examples of activities

Pirate Day
Cherry and Willow Classes had great fun on pirate day. They made treasure maps, dug for treasure and had a picnic outside.

Butterflies
Cherry and Willow Classes observed the life cycle of a butterfly, from egg to butterfly. They had a celebration day when we released them, even though saying goodbye made some of us feel sad.