Foundation Stage


Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential.  Children develop quickly in the early years and your child's learning experiences between 2 and 5 are the necessary building blocks for the rest of their school life.

At St Werburgh's we strive to make sure that your child feels safe, secure and happy in school, as well as being motivated and engaged in all aspects of their school day.  Therefore, the first few school weeks of the year are dedicated to settling the children into school life and getting to know them individually to ascertain their needs and interests.

We believe that young children learn best through active play, which engages the children in their interests.  Children in the Foundation Stage also have the opportunity to enhance their learning through outdoor provision, where children are able to practice and improve their physical skills as well as speaking and listening.  All the activities set out are carefully planned to engage and enhance your child's learning.  This is delivered through the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum - see link.

The areas of learning are set out below.  These outline what your child will be learning throughout the Foundation Stage.

The characteristics of effective learning are :

  • Playing and exploring (engagement).

  • Active learning (motivation).

  • Creative and thinking critically (thinking).

These characteristics run through each of the seven areas of learning :

  • Personal, Social and Emotional development.

  • Communication and Language.

  • Physical Development.

  • Literacy.

  • Mathematics.

  • Understanding the World.

  • Expressive Arts and Design.

The above sets out what your child will cover over their time in the Foundation Stage.  In St Werburgh's we deliver this through topics which are linked to children's interests.  This can be seen in the Curriculum topic plans for the Foundation Stage.

Parental involvement and contribution is very important for your child's progress and development, and we encourage all parents to provide any information about their child's needs or interests that would be helpful to us.  Open mornings are a great time to share these experiences with your child's key worker, as well as seeing what they have been learning in school.  We believe that in partnership we can give these young children a great start to their school life.