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Burnt Oak Primary School

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:


  • Reading
  • Writing


  • 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.

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.


This year, we are introducing an exciting new way to record, track and share your child's learning during their time in the Foundation Stage.  This online learning journal is called Tapestry and will enable staff to take photographs, videos and written observations of the activities your child completes in school. You will then have access to this information (using your email address and a secure password to log in) so you can celebrate this learning at home too,  Parents / carers can also add their own photos and comments to the journal. 

Click below for guides on how to access Tapestry via your mobile device.

Android App Tutorial

iOS App Tutorial