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Early Years Foundation Stage

Townfield Foundation Stage caters for children between the ages of 2 and 5 years. It consists of four main indoor learning environments, the Care Bear room, Sunshine Bear room and the Teddy Bear room where Foundation 1 children learn and the Bear Cubs room where Foundation 2 children learn. We also have two outdoor learning environments where children have the opportunity to access throughout the day.

Foundation 1 & 2 practitioners work in liaison to provide a continuous curriculum throughout the Foundation Stage.

In Foundation Stage, all children will be allocated a ‘Key Person’ which we call the child’s ‘Special Talking Teacher’. The role of the ‘Special Talking Teacher’ is to take responsibility for the emotional needs of a small group of children, ensuring they feel safe and cared for. This is the first person for a parent to talk to if they have any concerns about their child at home or school.

The role of parents is vital in the early years. It is important that parents communicate regularly about their child’s learning and development at home and in school. Parents can do this on a daily basis when coming in to school through sharing news and achievements in our ‘Bear Cub Diaries’ and through post it notes on our WOW boards. There will also be more formal opportunities in parent meetings, half-termly reports and parent workshops.

Children in the early years are constantly encountering new experiences, which they try to understand. As they do so, they explore the world around them, ask questions, extend their skills, develop their confidence and build on what they already know. Well planned play is central to children’s learning in the Foundation Stage. That way learning is purposeful, challenging and fun.

Children have opportunities to learn independently through a wide range of areas of provision, both indoors and outdoors. Some of these include: sand, water, role-play, construction, computers, writing areas, book corner, playdough, the workstation, small world, maths area and the creative table. This enables children to learn in a way that suits their individual learning styles, needs and interests. 

The practitioner’s role is crucial in supporting children’s play; extending their language and thinking and helping them to make progress. Through this supported play, children can explore, develop and use their curiosity and imagination to help them make sense of the world in a secure environment. They practice skills, build up ideas and concepts, think creatively and imaginatively, and communicate with others as they investigate and solve problems.

Children will also be taught daily as part of a group. The frequency and length of adult directed activities increases as children move through Foundation Stage to suit their age and stage of development.

Activities include sharing stories, singing songs, developing mark making/writing skills and playing maths games. Everyday children will take part in a phonics session. In Foundation 1 activities will typically involve exploring environmental, instrumental and voice sounds, playing with rhythm, rhyme and alliteration and sound talking to develop pre reading and spelling skills.   In Foundation 2 children learn a new letter sound each day and then practise reading or spelling words. 

In the Early Years, curriculum children develop knowledge, skills and attitudes in seven areas of learning. These include three ‘Prime Areas’; Communication and Language; Physical Development and Personal Social and Emotional Development; and four ‘Specific Areas’; Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. Within each area of learning children progress through ‘Ages and Stages of Development’. As children are all individuals, they will progress at different rates. Through careful observation of the children’s learning, practitioners will ensure the curriculum is planned to suit every child’s individual needs and next steps.

Children’s interests are central to planning the curriculum. This ensures that children are excited and motivated to learn. Previous exciting mini topics have included; Trains, Pets, The Dark, New Shoes and Super Heroes.

Foundation Stage children have their own lending library system, Ted’s Bags, which include a book and a game. They may borrow these for a small charge, which is used to replace lost or damaged items.

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