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Welcome to the Foundation Stage Area of the website. Here you will find information on the early years curriculum, homework, activities that your child will be doing over the topic and other helpful links.

If you have any questions about the early years approaches to learning or your child's progress, please do not hesitate to see your child's key worker or Fiona Baby, the Foundation Stage Leader.

In Foundation Stage we work from the national Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS). This centres on play based learning.


What is my child learning this half term?

Watch this space for our new topic


Planning - find out the principles of our planning here and some good websites for parents to access here.

Phonics - the children have now started their phonics groups for learning sounds and letters. For guidance on how to pronounce each of the phonemes and help your child with blending sounds to make words, click on this video link. Some more information can be found here and here or by asking your child's teacher.

Assessment - some parents have been asking for more information on what level children should be by the time they finish foundation stage. There are 13 different scales or aptitudes from the six areas of learning that we assess children against at the end of their F2 year. These are:



Personal and social development - making relationships, self confidence and self awareness, managing feelings and behaviour


Communication and language - listening and attention, understanding, speaking


Physical development - moving and handling, health and self care



Mathematics -numbers, shape, space and measures

Literacy - reading, writing

Understanding of the world - people and communities, technology, the world

Expressive arts and design - exploring and using media and materials, being imaginative


The assessments come from a variety of sources - observations, photographs and teacher led activities, but the vast majority of assessment happens when the children are playing and we have to be sure that they can show us their understanding of each scale point both consistently (more than one occasion) and independently.

Click here for the types of things your child should be doing at the end of F1 and F2.

Click here for the types of things your child should be doing at the end of F2.