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Foundation Stage Information

Information about Foundation Stage

Welcome to the Foundation Stage at Crowmarsh Gifford School. In Foundation Stage we believe that every child is a unique child. We aim to build positive relationships with your child as soon as possible with several opportunities to meet the team in their current setting as well as in our foundation Stage before starting in September. We create an environment which enables your child to develop their independence and develop in their own way at their own rate.

The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (DFE, 2017) is our curriculum. The children have to be given opportunities which incorporate the seven areas of learning. These are taught through a play based learning approach as well as through adult focused sessions either with the class teacher or in families with your child’s key person. The three prime areas are Personal, Social and emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language and these underpin the curriculum.  The four specific areas are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

The seven areas of learning are taught through the interests of the children following a theme based approach, each term in class the children have a discussion about what they would like to learn and their learning is planned around the questions they have or the themes they are interested in.

Our timetable changes throughout the year depending on the development of the children. Daily learning includes; phonics, adult focus time, independent learning time, maths, quiet time, and handwriting; write dance, dough disco, squiggle and wiggle or practising letter formation. We use the outdoor environment as an extension of the classroom and during independent learning time the door is always open so the children can freely access indoors and outdoors.

On a weekly basis the children have a hall session, the children practise basic skills on the laptops, the PTA come in to cook with the children on a rota basis and they have a session on the recorder. On a Friday all the children engage in their independent learning time outside for our ‘Fresh Air Friday’.