The Foundation Stage follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This is based on the principles that children are unique and need unique learning experiences matched to their learning and developmental needs. There is a strong emphasis on learning through play, both child initiated and planned by the class teacher. The curriculum is delivered through a combination of whole class activities, adult led focused activities and child initiated activities.
During the Foundation Stage children work towards Early Learning Goals in the different areas of learning and development. These consist of three prime areas that cover the knowledge and skills expected by the end of the EYFS. These are: communication and language; physical development; and personal, social and emotional development. These are applied and reinforced by the specific areas which are: literacy; mathematics; understanding the world; and expressive arts and design. For each goal, teachers determine whether children are meeting expected levels, are exceeding them, or are below the expected level (‘emerging’) and these outcomes are made available to parents in their child’s school report at the end of the year.