The Foundation Stage itself covers all our children aged 3-5 years. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) as set out by the Government and required by law.
Within the Foundation Stage, children develop their learning through play-based activities, sometimes led by adults, sometimes initiated by them or set up by adults to assess how the children are progressing.
Each term a newsletter to inform parents about our topic and activities we are planning is sent out from the class teachers. If you would like to help in class with an activity or reading with the children we would love to hear from you!
Children are encouraged to engage in activities both indoors and outdoors, becoming more independent in their learning and self-discovery as they develop the skills and the confidence to do so. Teaching and learning across the FS unit is based on the children’s interests and their individual needs.
Each child has a Key Person assigned to them who supports their start in school, observes, assesses and plans to meet their next steps and is the first point of contact for parents/ carers should they have any news to pass on, queries or concerns.
What is special about Invicta Foundation Stage?
At Invicta, children are free to move between FS1 and FS2 rooms for some parts of the day to access learning opportunities across the whole unit and to mix with peers across both classes. This enables us to support children who need more nursery experience and those who are ready to take on the learning challenges in the reception class. All children also benefit from small group sessions across the week for early phonics work (to assist with future reading) and problem solving, reasoning and numeracy activities.
Activities across the FS unit are planned to meet all children’s learning needs over the six areas of learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication, Language and Literacy
Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
All areas are considered of equal importance to a child’s learning and development.
At Invicta each child in the Foundation Stage has a learning journal set up which contains observations, photographs and pieces of work collected across each week. Parents/ carers are welcome to add to these journals and come in and look at them at any point during the year.
Each term, parents/ carers will be invited in to look through their child’s learning journal and to agree with their child’s Key Person/ Class Teacher suitable next steps for their child in each area of learning. These next steps will then be planned for by the Key Person through class based activities – you may also like to support your child in these areas at home – staff can assist you with practical games and ideas to do so if you would like.
More information about the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) can be found at:
New Parents Guide to the Early Years Foundations Stage Framework: http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/