Children within Foundation stage learn through a play based curriculum. They learn to share, co-operate, explore and investigate through a wide range of rich, varied and imaginative experiences.
At St. Peter’s we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, which is broken down into 2 areas - Prime areas and Specific areas.
Prime Areas - these are the foundation to all children's learning and consist of
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development
• Physical Development
• Communication and Language
Specific Areas -
• Understanding the World
• Expressive Arts and Design
Children will take part in a careful balance of child initiated play based and adult led activities. During their time in Foundation children are provided with a highly stimulating environment in which to learn and grow. They have daily continued access to their own outdoor learning environment which ensures that teaching carefully takes into account the interests and dispositions to learning of all children in our care.
Once children have settled into school they are then assessed using the EYFS development matters curriculum which forms the baseline to their school education. This is based upon a balance of high quality observation evidence and adult led activities designed to find out what children already know and can do. This assessment is then used to meticulously plan the environment to facilitate and set challenge for all. Children continue to be assessed at regular intervals throughout the year in order to track their progress.