Foundation Stage Curriculum
Children in the Foundation Stage learn the EYFS curriculum, incorporating the prime areas of; Physical Development, Communication and Language and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. We focus on four specific areas; Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World and Creative Development. Children primarily learn through play and teachers act as facilitators of their learning, moving each child forward at their own pace.
We instil a love of Literacy from the start of the Foundation Stage. Each classroom has a welcoming and inviting Literacy and reading area and children develop reading and writing skills through adult-led and child-initiated activities. Story time features as an important part of the day, where children enjoy listening to and discussing stories. We use the Read, Write, Inc. scheme to teach children phonics. The children begin learning letter sounds in the Nursery and the scheme works progressively and systematically throughout Reception, where the children learn to independently read and write stories, information texts and reports.
Children acquire skills in numbers and space, shape and measure through a range of practical, hands-on activities. Each Foundation Stage classroom has a Maths challenge area where the children explore mathematical concepts and develop their understanding. Maths is taught daily in whole class and small group sessions as well as being an intrinsic part of independent learning during continuous provision.
Continuous provision forms the most part of a Foundation Stage timetable. Children learn through topics which change half-termly and the whole EYFS curriculum is represented in these sessions. Children independently choose activities which are carefully planned and set up in the relevant areas of the classroom. Children become independent and enthusiastic learners who push their own learning forward. They acquire and consolidate skills and knowledge through investigation, exploration and perseverance. Teachers and Teaching Assistants lead focus activities, with small groups of children, which incorporate the different subject areas and ensure that every child is constantly developing skills, knowledge and ideas.
Physical development is a hugely important part of the EYFS curriculum and is an area we focus on at KS. We make use of all the available outdoor space in close proximity to the school. Children enjoy Forest School sessions at Holland Park, where they explore nature and learn about forest animals and their habitats. We use St Luke’s park as a playground, enabling the children to climb, swing, jump, run and balance on all the apparatus. Reception children also learn to play tennis in Cadogan Gardens.
Music & Drama
Our KS code tells us to ‘do something creative every day’. Music and drama lessons are a highlight of the Foundation stage timetable and are taught by highly-skilled specialist teachers. The Nursery and Reception classes perform a Nativity each year, as well as taking part in Harvest Festival, a Summer Show, and class assemblies.
All children in the Foundation Stage learn French as a second language. In addition to this, children in Reception children can choose from Greek, Mandarin, Spanish or Italian to study as their Modern Foreign Language.