In the Foundation Stage, children are engaged in meaningful opportunities to make 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 characteristics 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.
The Foundation stage curriculum is based on practical, meaningful experiences and activities, using both the indoor and outdoor environments.  At Whitehouse Primary, we recognise that one of the key ways in which young children learn is through child initiated play activities. We encourage the children to make choices and develop independence, and to plan and initiate activities themselves.

In terms of assessing within the Foundation Stage Unit, we take a multi-faceted approach, which includes practitioner observations. We use BASE and ASPECTS, which have been devised by the CEM Centre at Durham University. These assess where children are at on entry and exit from the FSU, so that we can measure their progress. 

In addition, Development Matters is used to identify children’s developmental band of learning. Our Foundation Stage Unit provides a welcoming and caring environment.  

Our children are presented with a rich variety of learning experiences helping to develop self esteem, knowledge and skills.