Foundation stage

Staff in foundation stage

Assistant Principal for the phase Miss Kiselis
Teachers Nursery Class Miss Healy
Class 1 Miss Burke
Class 2 Miss Kiselis
Senior Teaching Assistants Mrs Oliver
Miss O’Gara
Teaching Assistants Mrs Douglas
Miss Farrell

The curriculum in foundation stage

The curriculum is split into three termly, whole-school topics. Every year group has their own key learning outcomes for each topic.

Autumn term – Who I Am and How I Learn

  Nursery Reception
Personal, social and emotional development I show interest in others’ play and am starting to join in.

I can express my own feelings such as sad, happy, cross, scared, being worried.

I am confident to speak to others about own needs, wants, interests and opinions.

I am aware of my own feelings and can usually adapt my behaviour to different events, social situations and changes in routine.

Communication and language I can engage in imaginary role play sometimes building stories around toys and objects.

I can remember and join in with rhymes and familiar stories.

I can see some similarities and differences between people.
Physical development I move freely and with pleasure and confidence in a variety of ways, such as slithering, shuffling, rolling, crawling, walking, running etc.

I can usually manage washing and drying my hands

I can show some understanding about good practices with regard to exercise, eating, sleeping and hygiene.
Literacy I can hold a book, turn the pages and indicate and understanding of pictures and print. I can recognise my own name.

I can identify sounds in words, in particular, initial sounds and use some identifiable letters to communicate meaning.

Maths I can use number names to 5 and sometimes count accurately. I can talk about the routine of the day and use language like before, after.
Understanding the world I can remember and talk about significant events in my own experience. I can remember and talk about significant events in my own experience.

I can use ICT to capture my learning in different ways e.g. take photos and record my own voice.

Expressive arts and design I can engage in imaginative role play based on my own first hand experiences. I can engage in imaginative role-play based on own first-hand experiences.

Spring term – Heroes and Villains

  Nursery Reception
Personal, social and emotional development I can express my own preferences and interests.

I can try to help or give comfort when others are distressed.

I am aware that some actions can hurt or harm others.

I know that some behaviour is unacceptable and can talk about my own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences.
Communication and language I have a developing understanding of simple concepts (e.g. big/little)  
Physical development I move freely and with pleasure and confidence in a variety of ways, such as slithering, shuffling, rolling, crawling, walking, running etc. I know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.
Literacy I can talk about events and characters in books. I can talk about events and characters in books and can make suggestions about what might happen next in a story.

I can use vocabulary and events from stories in my play.

I can segment and blend the sounds in simple words and use this knowledge to write labels and captions for my work.

Maths I notice simple shapes and patterns in pictures. I can use shapes to make pictures, patterns and arrangements and incorporate these into my logo and costume design.
Understanding the world I seek to acquire basic skills in turning on and operating some ICT equipment. I explore different materials and can talk about some of their similarities and differences and about why things happen and how things work.

I show an interest in different occupations and ways of life e.g. Everyday heroes in the public sector.

I can use ICT to contribute to the making of a short film about Heroes and villains.

Expressive arts and design I am beginning to use my imagination by playing make-believe games. I can explore how sounds can be changed to create a unique soundtrack for my character.

I can use available resources to create props to support role-play.

Summer term – Time Travellers

  Nursery Reception
Personal, social and emotional development I am confident to talk to other children when playing, and will communicate.  
Communication and language I use a variety of questions (e.g. what, where, who)  
Physical development I show control in holding and using jugs to pour, hammers, books and mark-making tools.

I can hold a pencil between thumb and two fingers, no longer using a whole-hand grasps

 
Literacy I can talk about events and characters in books. I can demonstrate my understanding of different periods in the past when talking about what I have read.

I can write simple sentences which can be read by myself and others. (diary/non fiction text).

Maths I use some language of quantities, such as “more” and “a lot”.

I know that a group of things changes in quantity when something is added or taken away.

I can use everyday language to talk about size, weight, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems.
People and communities I can start to show an interest in different occupations and ways of life.  
Understanding the world I can ask questions about aspects of my familiar world such as the place where I live or the natural world.

I can talk about some of the things I have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects.

I can start to develop an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time.

I can make observations of pre-historical animals & plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

I can talk about the features of my own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.

I know about similarities and differences between myself and others, and among families, communities and traditions in different periods in history.

I know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things.

I demonstrate that I know that information can be retrieved from computers and use ICT to find out new information about the past.

Expressive arts and design   I can represent my own ideas, thoughts and feelings of periods in the past through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.

I can safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function to represent my ideas.