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Foundation Key Stage

Foundation Key Stage

Children in Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS).

There are seven ‘areas of learning’: three prime areas and four specific areas.

The prime areas are important because they lay the foundations for children’s success in all other areas of learning and of life:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

The specific areas provide the range of experiences and opportunities for children to broaden their knowledge and skills:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

The Early Learning Goals
During Reception year, children are assessed against the Early Learning Goals (ELGs). Reception teachers will talk with you, as the year progresses, about how your child is achieving in relation to the ELGs. At the end of the year you will receive a report about your child’s achievements against each of the ELGs.

The Early Learning Goals

The Sharing Tree
With three, four and five year old children, many of their ‘milestone moments’ happen outside of school. This could be their first time on a bike without stabilisers, a visit to a famous landmark, overcoming a fear … any significant moment in their life. We ask families to capture these moments, and send them in to us so that we can display them on our ‘Sharing Tree’ and include them in your child’s learning journal.

The Importance of Reading
We can’t stress enough how important it is that your child develops a love of books. During Reception year we will make sure every child gets off to a ‘flying start’ with their reading. Your child will read individually with an adult at least once a week. They will bring home two reading books to read at home each week. As a parent, you can support this development by taking every opportunity to get alongside your child with a book. This may be helping them with a school reading books, sharing a well-loved story together or browsing the shelves in your local library for something new and exciting to read.

Letters and Sounds
At Langley letters and sounds are a huge part of our daily curriculum. We use a large range of resources, activities and games to teach, practise and embed children’s understanding of our language.

In Nursery pupils will generally start with rhythm and rhyme, this is one of the reasons why we love nursery rhymes!

In Reception pupils begin to link their letters and sounds and start to write and read words containing them. We call these CVC words (consonant vowel consonant), for example big, cat, dog. By the end of reception children should have learnt a large range of graphemes (ways of spellings sounds) that will help them in reading and writing.

We use Letters and Sounds for our phonics planning. We use Phonics Play to help with our planning of each session.

Our primary reading scheme for embedding phonics is Collins Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds.

However, we use Oxford Reading Tree, Project X and Dandelion Readers to supplement this scheme when needed.