Foundation Stage

Foundation Stage Curriculum

In Reception we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile.

In the Autumn Term we primarily set work within 40 - 60 months but we differentiate below and above accordingly. Our end goal in the Summer Term is to have met the 'Early Learning Goals' across the 7 areas of learning.

We use Jolly Phonics and Letter and Sounds to plan and deliver daily phonics lessons.

Children can access Continuous Provision in both Foundation Stage Classrooms and the Outdoor Area is open all day every day.

Some of the activities the children can choose from are as follows:

  • Junk Modelling
  • Role-Play Area
  • Construction Area
  • Small World Area
  • Sand Tray (Indoor and Outdoor)
  • Water Tray
  • Malleable Area
  • Funky Fingers
  • Maths Area
  • Writing Area
  • Jigsaw Station
  • Computer Area
  • Reading Area
  • Mud Pit
  • Outdoor Area

Learning Challenge - Autumn 1

This term our Learning Challenge is all about ourselves.

  • What’s it like to be me?
  • Do we all look the same?
  • Do we all have the same birthday?
  • Who lives in our house?
  • What things am I really good at?

Learning Challenge – Autumn 2

This half term our Learning Challenge is all about people that help us.

  • Who lives on our street?
  • How does Bob the Builder help us?
  • Who will help us cross the road safely?
  • How do we keep safe?
  • When would Fireman Sam be helpful?
  • What does Postman Pat do?
  • What does the Ben family celebrate at this time of year?
  • Why is Santa so busy at Christmas time?

Autumn Term Mathematics

During our first term in Foundation Stage 2 we learn lots and lots about numbers and shape.

  • Counting and number recognition
  • Addition & Subtraction
  • 2D shapes
  • Money

Autumn Term Literacy

In our Literacy lessons we look at:

  • Nursery Rhymes
  • Labelling
  • Poems
  • Traditional tales
  • Posters

Learning Challenge - Spring 1

In the spring term our Learning Challenge is a Literacy based topic. Who's hiding on our bookshelf? We study the books:

  • Lost and Found - Oliver Jeffers
  • Dear Zoo - Rod Campbell
  • The Gruffalo - Julia Donaldson
  • We're going on a Bear Hunt - Michael Rosen

Learning Challenge - Spring 2

In the second half of the spring term our Learning Challenge is an Understand the World based topic.

What would you ask Old McDonald?

  • LC1 - What is an Old McDonalds farm?
  • LC2 - What happens to the eggs?
  • LC3 - Who's my mummy?
  • LC4 - Why would a farmer keep some cows?
  • LC5 - Why did Old McDonald have a farm?
  • LC6 - Which foods in (chosen supermarket) come from the farm?

Literacy Spring 1

  • Week 1 - Toy Talk
  • Week 2 - Lost and Found
  • Week 3 - Dear Zoo
  • Week 4 - The Gruffalo
  • Week 5 - We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Literacy Spring 2

  • Week 1 - Chinese New Year
  • Week 2 - Farm Pre-Learning
  • Week 3 - Little Red Hen
  • Week 4 - Little Red Hen
  • Week 5 - Farm Fact File

Spring Term Mathematics

During the Spring term we learn even more about numbers, shape and different measures.

  • Counting and Number Recognition
  • Addition & Subtraction
  • 3D Shapes
  • Weight, Length & Capacity
  • Time

Summer Term 1

This term our Learning Challenge is a Literacy and Personal, Social & Emotional Development based topic with a strong focus on the Characteristics of Effective Learning.

Pre-Learning Task - Our activity will be to watch a Superhero movie and look at a range of superheroes ready for the start of our topic.

  • LC1 LO: Can I independently write a sentence about a superhero? "Percy Proud" "Barry Believe"
  • LC2 LO: Can I create and describe my own superhero? "Inventing Isaac" "Creative Carly"
  • LC3 LO: Can I write a Superhero poem? "Max Motivation" "Challenge Chester"
  • LC4 LO: Can I write a wanted poster? "Have a go Harriet" "Sharon Share"
  • LC5 LO: Can I write the instructions for a superhero potion? "Solving Sarah"
  • LC6 LO: Have I had a Super Summer Term? Summer Term 2

In the final half term our Learning Challenge is an understanding of the world based topic called; "Who goes to the Ugly Bug Ball"

  • LC1 Are all crawlies creepy?
  • LC2 How does your garden grow?
  • LC3 Why is a caterpillar always hungry?
  • LC4 What lives in our garden?
  • LC5 Who lives in a house like this?
  • LC6 Why is Mr Bee busy buzzing?

Summer Term Mathematics

The final term sees us really building on our number knowledge and learning about position and direction.

  • Counting and Number Recognition
  • Addition & Subtraction
  • Position & Direction

Summer Term Literacy

  • Week 1 - Can I think of and write a question about a minibeast? Can I answer my question about a minibeast?
  • Week 2 - Can I write instructions for how to plant a seed?
  • Week 3 - Can I order sentences to make the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar? Can I write a sentence from the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar? Can I write my own version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar?
  • Week 4 - Can I write a recount about our trip?
  • Week 5 - Can I write about myself?