Children in Foundation Stage are guided to develop good social skills. They are expected to follow Kingston motto and be kind, caring and respectful to each other. Adults guide the children to learn to take turns, share equipment and work together with a partner or a small group. Children are taught to listen to each other. They are encouraged to have a go at new learning experiences to build confidence and independence and develop concentration. We have developed our outside area to include a Welly Garden and Mud Kitchen as we are are passionate about children having outdoor learning experiences. An integral part of our EYFS provision is our Forest School curriculum and all of our EYFS pupils have the opportunity to take part in a six week Forest School Programme.
At Kingston we plan our learning in Foundation Stage around the EYFS curriculum as follows:
The prime areas of learning:
- communication and language
- physical development
- personal, social and emotional development
The specific areas of learning:
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design
Characteristics of effective learning:
- playing and exploring
- active learning
- creating and thinking critically
There is a document at the end of this page which explains the Early Years Learning Goals.
Communication and Language
Children learn in a language rich environment to help them develop their spoken language and understanding.
Children have a daily phonics lesson and are taught through the Letters and Sounds Programme. Children have weekly guided reading and writing opportunities and literacy skills are always linked to a weekly book or theme.
Children have a daily mathematics carpet session to develop early numbers skills including counting and recognising numbers to 20 and calculating one more and one less than twenty. They learn to add and subtract practically, recognise shapes and use a wide range of mathematical language.They are encouraged to solve practical problems involving every day and real life maths.
Children are guided to be independent at school in their self- care of feeding, keeping themselves clean, toileting and dressing. They have lots of outdoor play opportunities to climb, run, keep fit and be active. They are encouraged to take part in activities to develop their core muscles, fine motor skills and hand eye co-ordination.
Understanding the World
Reception children are supported to make better sense of the world around them and to begin to understand their role in the larger world. They have access to a wide range of technology to explore, use and program. Children are encouraged to investigate, observe and discover in their play both indoors and outdoors.
Expressive Arts and Design
Painting, drawing, modelling, collage and printing are just some of the creative activities that are available for children daily. Children have opportunities to role play, dress up, make music and perform.
Reading and Homework
Children must do their Kingston Rainbow Reading homework every day. This involves sharing a book together at home. A homework task to do at home together is given every week. This task will support the learning that has taken place that week at school and the book they have read.
What you need for Foundation stage
- School Uniform
- Wellington boots
- A warm coat
- School P.E. T-shirt
- Spare clothes
- Book bag
- A big smile