Learning and Development in the Foundation Stage Unit

In the Foundation Stage, children are engaged in meaningful opportunities to maake choices, experiment, resolve situations and make decisions. They are effectively supported by adults to do so.

Practitioners teach children by ensuring challenging and playful opportunities across the Prime and Specific areas of learning.

Children are encouraged to foster characterisitcs of effective learning:

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically

These characteristics underpin learning and development across all areas of the EYFS 2012.

Prime Areas are fundamental in developing young children to become independent, lifelong learners.

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

Specific Areas are the skills and knowledge children need throughout their school life

  • Literacy- Read, Write Inc is a discrete lesson taught to our Reception children from the Autumn term.
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the world
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Religious Education


What are Harvest Festivals?



Who were the friends of Jesus?

Easter (new life)


Who was Noah?

The Parables