Children are able to access activities in both classes during continuous provision. This enables staff to plan and cater for all learning styles and abilities.
Alongside a spacious and bright interior, children have access to their own safe, separate and contained outside area. Funding obtained from the Big Lottery Fund allowed us to extensively refurbish this area and provide the children with many stimulating areas to learn through play.
The staff of the Foundation Unit are highly experienced in the care and teaching of Early Years children and deliver an exciting, challenging and creative curriculum both indoors and outdoors.
The Unit is a bright and welcoming place for young children where they feel safe, secure, confident and happy.
Children have a daily phonics lesson differentiated to their ability. We follow letters and sounds alongside multi-sensory actions from Jolly Phonics to embed each sound and learn the letter names. Parents are invited to regular phonics meetings which provide information to help you support your child at home.
Reading and Writing
We wish our children to develop a passion for books and reading. In reception we use the ‘Power of Reading’ project which combines quality, age appropriate books alongside a creative and exciting curriculum. The books not only engage the children but enrich their growing vocabulary and inspire them to produce written work.
Children use their phonic knowledge to write words and then simple sentences. We also use ‘Talk for Writing’ in the foundation unit which helps the children to learn stories off by heart by using actions.
Reading books are changed in reception every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It is crucial that you listen to your child read at home as often as possible. If your child reads at least three times through the week, has their reading record signed and brings their book into school, they will be a reading star and have the chance to win a book.
Maths sessions will also focus on the language of time, shape, space and measure which will enable children to understand solve problems in different contexts.
We believe that children have the right to learn outdoors during the EYFS and much of our learning takes place outside. We have a creative curriculum and base learning around a theme and by following the children’s interests as well as responding to seasonal events.
On Friday children will have work based on their learning through the week. This could be phonics, mathematics or topic related.