The Foundation Stage is for children aged 3-5 and covers the years they spend from the beginning of nursery or pre-school to the end of the reception class. The Foundation Stage curriculum gives access to a broad range of relevant, rich, diverse opportunities and experiences. These will support your child’s learning to achieve the Early Learning Goals at the end of their reception year.
The early learning goals set out what most children are expected to achieve by the end of the foundation stage. They help people who work with children aged 3-5 to focus on what children need to learn. They are not a curriculum with lots of different subjects. They are six broad areas of learning.
¬ Personal, social and emotional development.
¬ Communication, language and literacy.
¬ Mathematical development.
¬ Knowledge and understanding of the world.
¬ Physical development.
¬ Creative development.
These areas of learning are covered alongside year 1 and 2 National Curriculum subjects in the infant class.
Achievement in respect of the early learning goals is assessed throughout the reception year and reported to parents as the Foundation Stage Profile in the July of their first year at school.
The National Curriculum is divided into two Key Stages. Key Stage 1, 5 – 7 years and Key Stage 2, 7 – 11 years. At both Key Stages, pupils follow a carefully constructed subject based curriculum.