The Foundation Stage Curriculum for children in their first year at school is organized into the following six areas with the emphasis on learning through play:
Personal, social and emotional development;
Communication, language and literacy;
Knowledge and understanding of the world;
We extend the Foundation Stage into children’s second year in school because we know that they continue to need elements of this approach throughout their primary education. This is often particularly important for summer-born children.
The National Curriculum for Years One to Six is organised into the ‘core’ subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and the following ‘foundation’ subjects:
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Design and Technology (DT);
Art and design;
Physical Education (PE);
Religious Education (RE);
And, Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE).
ICT and RE are often seen as core subjects with English, Maths and Science given the higher priority in allocating time.