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Early Years - The Foundation Stage


Children may go to a number of settings during the Foundation Stage, attending part-time or full time. These may include nursery, pre-school, parent and toddler groups, and child-minders in addition to the invaluable experience they gain from their homes and families. They begin school at the start of the academic year in which they will have their 5th birthday, and spend a year in our Reception class, known as the ‘Squirrels’.


Children of this age are constantly encountering new experiences and seeking to understand them in order to extend their skills, develop their confidence and build on what they already know. They learn in many different ways. Children deepen their understanding by playing, talking, observing, planning, questioning, experimenting, testing, repeating, reflecting and responding to adults and to each other.


The curriculum is split into 7 areas of learning; primary areas which are considered the most important in the sense that without these the rest of learning cannot be accessed, and specific areas:


Primary Areas of Learning


Physical Development (covering fine motor like pencil control and gross motor like moving around apparatus in PE sessions as well as self care and awareness.)


Communication and Language (covering listening and attention, understanding language and speaking English and other languages.)


Personal, Social and Emotional Development (covering self confidence, interactions with others and expressing our feelings appropriately)


Specific Areas of Learning


Literacy (covering both reading and writing)


Mathematical Development (covering number and understanding of shape, space and measuring)


Expressive Arts and Design (covering all creativity from imagination to expressing ourselves through various media like art and design, music, drama and dance)


Understanding the World (covering science, history, geography, computing and religion)


At Trinity, we will plan learning experiences of the highest quality, considering both children’s needs and achievements and the range of learning experiences that will help them make progress. Well-planned and structured play is a key way in which children learn with enjoyment and challenge during the Foundation Stage. This stage prepares children for later learning and as children complete the learning steps in the foundation stage curriculum, teachers will begin to plan for their next steps using the national curriculum for KS1.


Our early years block is exceptionally well resourced, not only with specialist teachers and teaching assistants, but with a new outdoor covered learning space, high quality role-play toys, outdoor equipment, bikes and trikes, wet and dry trays, small world toys and much more.





Learning in the Early Years environment