Curriculum – Foundation & Reception
The Foundation Stage Curriculum – Nursery & Reception
The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) supports the development of children from birth to the age of 5 and provides the long term planning framework for both the nursery and the reception classes in our school. The welcome guide for parents can be downloaded here.
It is divided into 7 areas of learning; activities and learning experiences are planned across the year that support children’s development in all these 7 areas.
The areas of learning are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical development
- Literacy ( Early reading and writing – see separate section for more information)
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
In accordance with the principles of the EYFS a lot of the detailed topic planning is carried out in the shorter term so that activities can reflect the developing interests of the children. Your child’s teacher will give you information about what your child is going to be learning at the beginning of each half term.
Popular Foundation Stage topics include:
|The changing seasons||Special events (e.g. Christmas, Easter)|
|Colours||People who help us|
|Toys||Growing and changing (plants and animals)|
|Patterns||Holidays and the seaside|
|Dinosaurs||Builders and buildings|
|Pirates||Traditional Stories (Fairy Tales)|
|Transport||Art and artists|
|Homes and families|
|Favourite stories (work inspired by popular children’s authors)|
Please note that this page may not display correctly on mobile devices. A PDF version can be found here.
|Autumn 1||Autumn 2||Spring 1||Spring 2||Summer 1||Summer 2|
|Enquiry based Topic||
YN – Who am I?
YR – What Do I need?
|What goes bang?||Where will I go? How will I get there?||Do-you-think-he-saw-us?||How does your garden grow?||What can I see on the sea?|
Elmer, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Gingerbread man (YN)
Rainbow Fish, Mr Grumpy’s Motorcar(YN)
|Peace at last, Aliens love underpants, Whatever next||3 little pigs, Dear zoo, Goldiocks and the 3 bears, Little Red Riding Hood||Brown bear, Brown Bear, Were going on a bear hunt, The Gruffalo, Each Peach Pear Plum, The Very Good Dinosaur – Mick Inkpen||Jaspers Beanstalk, Little Red Hen, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Farmer Duck||
Rainbow Fish, Kippers Beach Ball
Ice cream/ice lollies
Home corner – bonfire night enhancements
Home corner – winter enhancements
Home corner – dinosaur enhancement
Home corner – babies
Home corner – holiday enhancements, suitcases etc.
Ice cream parlour
Rev Steve Beck
Visit by a Musician
Steve Beck – Nativity story
|Visit by RAC, Pilot, air hostess||
Visit by a dinosaur – education group
|Visit to an allotment or by a farmer||Visit to The Deep, Seaside|
|Christian Values||Friendship, Thankfulness, justice, reverence, compassion||Peace, creation||Creation, Hope, trust, service, wisdom||Creation, forgiveness, koinonia, friendship||Creation, wisdom, thankfulness, hope, endurance||Creation, endurance, koinonia, wisdom, thankfulness|
|Understanding The World||
Celebrating differences, staying healthy
|Celebrations – significant events, seasonal changes, recording sounds and songs||Moving parts, comparing how different types of transport move, comparing different places||Similarities and differences between the dinosaurs and where they live.||Growing and changes during the growth cycle, What do they need to grow||Floating and Sinking, comparing sea creatures, contrasting environments|
|Events||Harvest Festival, divali||Bonfire Night, Christmas, St Andrew||Valentine’s day, Chinese New Year||Easter, Mothering Sunday, St David, St Patrick||
|Parent Sessions||Face or Body collages, Personal passport, Fish print with celery/CD fish||Christmas Craft Activity||Making vehicles that move, sorting vehicles, make a map||Mother’s Day Breakfast/afternoon tea||Plant sunflower, outdoor art||Boat building, staying safe in the sun poster|