F S Curriculum

 

The Foundation Stage at Kingsmoor Lower School comprises of 1 nursery class, Little Learners, and 2 reception classes, Squirrels and Hedgehogs.  Each class has a class teacher and the nursery has a pre-school manager to support learning and play.  the reception and nursery classrooms all open directly onto a covered outside area allowing free-flow indoor / outdoor play opportunities  for the children.

As the pupils enter their first formal year of schooling, they join one of the reception classes.  This is a fascinating time in young pupils’ development as they begin to read, write, and start using numbers more confidently.  The Early Years Curriculum forms a solid basis in the fundamentals as the pupils prepare for key stage one.

The EYFS learning environment is organised to allow children to explore and learn securely and safely.  there are areas where the children can be active and creative as well as quiet and calm.  the environment is set up in learning areas where  children are able to find and locate equipment and resources independently.

At Kingsmoor Lower School we create learning opportunities around the 7 identified areas of learning.

The Three Prime Areas

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This is crucial for all aspects of life and will give the children the best opportunity for success in other areas of learning.  We aim that each child has a positive sense of themselves and respect for others.

Physical Development

We aim to improve children’s co-ordination skills, their control, manipulation and movement in space.  Physical activity helps children to gain confidence and feel positive about being healthy and active, as well as promoting a positive feeling of well being.

Communication and Language

We aim to develop key skills in order to develop confidence in speaking and listening in a range of settings and for a variety of purposes.

The Four Specific Areas

Literacy Reading and Writing

Pupils study a wide range of texts, explore different forms of writing, and develop awareness of environmental print.  We follow the letters and sounds phonics programme.  By the end of the foundation stage, our aim is for children to be able to read and write simple texts by themselves.

Mathematics

We aim to develop confidence and competence in learning and using key numerical skills including counting, sorting, matching, seeking patterns, making connections, recognising relationships and working with numbers, shapes and space and applying maths in everyday situations.

Understanding the World

This aspect of the foundation stage curriculum aims to help pupils make sense of the world by showing awareness about different people and communities.  Investigating and showing care for living things and comparing different environments.  Foundations are developed for science, design and technology, history, geography and information, communication technology (ICT).  Each reception class is equipped with an interactive smartboard, and resources on their level, which helps them to interact and enhance their skills on a daily basis.

Expressive Arts and Design

This aspect is fundamental to successful learning.  It enables children to make connections and extend their thoughts, feelings and understanding and includes art, music, dance, role-play and imaginative activities.

Parents as Partners

We recognise parents as children’s first educators and we value greatly the contribution that parents make to thier children’s learning and development.  We aim to work in partnership with parents by:

  • Talking to parents before their child starts in our school during an open morning.
  • Offering parents regular termly opportunities to talk about their child’s progress and providing opportunities to look through their portfolio
  • Encouraging parents to talk to their child’s teachers about any concerns they may have
  • Arranging a range of activities throughout the year that encourage collaboration between child, school and parents such as: Making Easter Bonnets,Mother’s and Father’s Day lunches, Sports day, and Fund raising events.
  • Providing a ‘Family Section’ in the child’s portfolio for parents to share family information and offering opportunities to look at portfolios and leave comments relating to the children’s achievements
  • inviting parents to join us on trips and visits to share experiences with their children and the class
  • Keeping parents up to date with what we are learning at school through learning displays, focus children displays and home learning tasks and providing curriculum meetings and workshops.

Learning Outdoors

We recognise the importance of the outdoor environment to support learning and development and provide regular opportunities for children to explore the local area around the school.  In the Autumn term 2014 we have begun to establish ‘Forest School’ for the reception children.  Forest School activities provide valuable opportunities to experience nature first hand and enable children to learn about keeping safe, taking risks, investigating living plants and animals and problem-solve whilst increasing their confidence and self-esteem.  Children develop their language, literacy and Maths through purposeful real-life experiences.

 

 

The Parents Guide below has more information on the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework .  If you have any further questions, please ask us.

Parents Guide to Early Years Framework