Early learning = lifelong learning
The Foundation Stage is the first stage of the National Curriculum focusing on the distinct needs of children aged 3 to the end of the reception year in primary school. The Foundation Stage is delivered in a range of settings. At Holy Trinity Primary School we take children at the final year of the Foundation Stage.
In the Foundation Stage children work towards the nationally agreed Early Learning Goals. With two spacious rooms and an enclosed outdoor play area complete with role play apparatus, our Foundation Stage Unit is specifically designed and resourced to facilitate learning through play. Children are continually assessed in the Foundation Stage and progress is systematically measured against Early Learning Goals. In the Foundation Stage children’s progress is logged in their ‘Learning Journey’ books.
Foundation Stage learning has six learning areas. These are:
• personal, social, emotional development;
• communication, language and literacy;
• mathematical development;
• knowledge and understanding of the world;
• physical development; and
• creative development.
Each learning area has early learning goals. The goals set out the skills, understanding, knowledge and attitudes that, it is hoped, children will reach or exceed by the end of the Foundation Stage. Children will be at different stages of progress towards these goals depending on their age and stage of development. All children are individuals and not all will fit into this typical pattern of progress. Our teachers understand this and take this into account when planning activities and experiences.
Learning Through Play
This period of life and learning is really important both in its own right but also in preparing children for later learning. From the age of three to five, children grow, develop and learn rapidly.
Most children go through the same stages but each child is different. They choose their friends and develop their own preferred ways of learning. Children aged three, four and five 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 learning in the Foundation Stage, making learning both challenging and fun. The indoor and outdoor ‘classrooms’ are organised to give children plenty of space to move. The role of the adult is crucial in supporting children’s learning through planned play and extending and developing children’s spontaneous play.
In the Foundation Stage children practise skills, build up ideas and concepts, think creatively and imaginatively and communicate with others as they investigate and solve
Phonics plays a vital role in learning in The Foundation Stage. The development of phonic skills is a fundamental part of everyday learning at Holy Trinity and we provide help and support for parents/carers so they can support their children’s acquisition of phonics at home.