Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS): FS1 & FS2

Foundation Stage 1 (Formerly known as Nursery – children must be aged 3+ by 1st October)

In line with the National Curriculum for England , children between the ages of 3 and 5 follow the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) curriculum which is specifically designed to meet the needs of this age group and to prepare them for entry to Key Stage 1.

FS1 is located in a self-contained building. It is a large, bright open-plan unit equipped with colourful furnishings and stimulating resources. It has its own bathroom facilities, computers and extensive indoor and outdoor activity space. Small classes of 15 pupils, each supported by an experienced teacher and 2 full time teaching assistants ensures a high level of care; and parents are encouraged to take an active part in their child’s learning.

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The Foundation Stage of education is a crucial time and we urge parents to consider the advantages of enrolling their 3 year olds in a setting which follows the UK government’s guidance ‘Development Matters in the Early Years’. Children who do not join the school until FS2 miss out on this vital first year. It is a time of rapid growth, when pupils are developing physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially, as well as acquiring positive attitudes towards school and the love of learning which underpins a successful school career.

Learning in the Foundation Stage is fun and curriculum objectives are achieved through purposeful, well-planned play and practical activities. English Language is central to all we do and children are encouraged to talk through their activities to extend vocabulary and explore ideas.
They work towards the Early Learning Goals and are assessed using the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) Assessment Profile which records their progress and development throughout Foundation Stage 1 and 2.

Through careful planning and organisation of the learning environment, Foundation Stage teachers and assistants ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed academically and socially. Self-esteem and confidence are nurtured so that children become motivated and active learners. Through the introduction of the ‘Golden Rules’ a caring community is created where pupils learn to care for themselves, others and the school environment. This is a significant time for our pupils since the foundations are being laid upon which the rest of their education will build.

Click here to view or download the FS1 handbook which includes Curriculum Overviews, Behaviour Policy and more. 

Click here to view or download EYFS Development Matters document

Foundation Stage 2
( Formerly known as Reception – children must be aged 4+ by 1st October)

 

In line with the National Curriculum for England , children between the ages of 3 and 5 follow the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) curriculum which is specifically designed to meet the needs of this age group and to prepare them for entry to Key Stage 1.

FS2 classes are based in large, colourful classrooms around one side of the shaded Activities Courtyard. This specially designed area acts as an extension to the classrooms and accomodates art and craft facilities, sand, water, role-play and an assortment of action-learning opportunities. Every class has an experienced teacher and a full-time teaching assistant; and parents are encouraged to take an active part in the learning process. All pupils have access to the school field, playgrounds, bikes, trikes, scooters and adventure play areas which challenge and develop their gross motor skills.

Learning in FS2 is fun and curriculum objectives are achieved through purposeful, well-planned play, practical activities and more formal lessons. English Language is central to all we do and children are encouraged to talk through their activities to extend vocabulary and explore ideas. Pupils learn to read and write confidently using the ‘Jolly Phonics’ scheme. Early Maths skills are developed and cross-curricular topics which foster knowledge and understanding of the world are all brought alive through practical hands-on experience and regular field trips. Specialist teachers teach Arabic, PE, Music and Computer Science.

Pupils work towards the Early Learning Goals and are assessed using the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) Assessment Profile which records their progress and development throughout Foundation Stage 1 and 2.

Through careful planning and organisation of the learning environment, Foundation Stage teachers and assistants ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed academically and socially. Self-esteem and confidence are nurtured so that children become motivated and active learners. Through the introduction of the ‘Golden Rules’ a caring community is created where pupils learn to care for themselves, others and the school environment. This is a significant time for our pupils since the foundations are being laid upon which the rest of their education will build.

Click here to view or download the FS2 Handbook which includes curriculum overviews, behaviour policy and more.

Click here for the Reading Levels

Click here to view or download EYFS Development Matters document