At St Peter’s, the Foundation stage education is rooted in play based learning supported by meaningful, first hand experiences and practical activity both indoors and out of doors. We recognise that every aspect of learning for young children is inter-related and interdependent therefore the curriculum is delivered by means of half- termly topics which encompass the six areas of learning. We foster early independence and promote responsibility for accessing and using equipment through self-initiated activities and ‘free flow’ play. There are also opportunities for the children to engage in relevant, imaginative, motivating, enjoyable and challenging activities planned for and led by adults. The Foundation Stage Curriculum is divided into six areas of learning. Here are some examples of work across these areas.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Children explore and record their feelings as part of the ‘All about Me’ topic.
Communication and Language/Literacy
In the topic ‘Out of the Ark’, children have the opportunity to use their early phonics skills in developmental writing.
A numbered beanstalk provides a chance to write and order numerals as part of ‘Spring to Life’ a topic about growth.
Investigating symmetry: butterfly ‘blot’ prints.
Understanding of the World
Gaining an awareness of Christianity through the Bible story of Noah.
‘Once upon a time…’ – an opportunity to design and make a wall for Humpty Dumpty.
A sense of time – looking at toys we played with as babies and toys we like now.
Sequencing the butterfly life cycle when finding out about living things and observing changes that take place.
Expressive Arts and Design
Drawing from observation: spring flowers.
Capturing the experience of a rainbow in collage.
Developing fine motor skills… exploring malleable materials…sewing.
Here are some examples of ICT displays.