The Foundation Stage Curriculum
Children in Year R follow a curriculum based on the Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage. This allows children to work towards the Early Learning Goals in all seven curriculum areas.
The curriculum for children in Year R classes is known as The Early Years Foundation Stage. This leads on to the National Curriculum that children begin in Year 1.
The curriculum is broken up into 2 main areas – Prime and Specific and then these areas are then broken up into smaller areas.
The Prime Areas are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development (Self-confidence & Awareness, Managing Feelings & Behaviour, Making Relationships)
- Communication and Language (Listening & Attention, Understanding, Speaking)
- Physical Development (Health & Self Care, Moving & Handling)
The Specific Areas are:
- Understanding the World (People & Communities, The World, Technology)
- Mathematics (Number, Shape, Space and Measure)
- Expressive Arts & Design (Being Imaginative, Exploring & Using Media & Materials)
- Literacy (Reading and Writing)
In class the children will take part in activities in all areas of the curriculum, either through child-initiated activities (activities children choose to do themselves) or adult directed activities. We encourage children to take part in different activities to ensure they are accessing all of the curriculum.
During the Foundation Stage in Year R, children are assessed using the Early Learning Goals and the Characteristics of Effective Learning. This is done through observation of the child’s work in the classroom.
From September it will be statutory for each child to do a Baseline Assessment created by the government. As a school we trialled it this year and the children were unaware they were doing an assessment and just enjoyed working with an adult completing it. Any assessment carried out is done informally, children are unaware it is being done and the findings are used to inform our planning and how to move the children on.