Welcome to our Foundation Unit
In our well resourced Foundation Stage Unit children have the opportunity to learn through play and practical activities, with free-flow access to indoors and outdoors.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which covers seven areas of learning. It is a play-based curriculum, following a child initiated structure, where the children learn through direct experience, investigation and exploration. We also teach early reading and writing through our systematic approach to phonics (using the Letter and Sounds Phonics scheme) ensuring that early reading skills are developed well.
The unit provides an attractive, stimulating and well organised, interactive environment for children aged 3-5. Our outdoor area has varied and open ended resources offering the children the opportunity to initiate and take part in games and activities that encourage them to engage in personal interactions, conversations and negotiation.
It is our aim in the unit to foster independence and confidence in our children, who are happy in their play and learning. All children are encouraged to develop emotionally, physically and intellectually through a variety of well structured provision and adult led focused activity sessions. As part of the journey through Foundation children learn through our exciting and engaging topics that link to the children’s interests including: Dinosaurs, Mini-beasts, Fantasy, and Fairies. All our activities are differentiated and used to provide challenges to achieve the next step in the children’s learning and development.
As a unit we know that the children’s learning begins at home and we strive to work with parents to continue the learning journey, working together to consolidate their child’s learning through play. We encourage parents to spend time in the unit, either as volunteers or simply to observe firsthand the activities we provide and the resources we use to enhance their child’s learning. Parents are regularly invited to speak to staff about their child’s progress. We feel this open door policy to parents is important to keep strong ties between school and home.
The Unit consists of both Upper and Lower Foundation children. Lower Foundation children begin in the term after their third birthday with a choice of either morning or afternoon sessions. We also offer flexibility and children can access their 30 hours free-entitlement by staying full days. Upper Foundation children attend school full time in the September before their fifth birthday.