Welcome to The Foundation Stage at Knighton Fields
We hope that you find the information on this page useful.
Let’s begin by explaining how it works in the Early Years Foundation Stage!
The Foundation Stage is divided into Nursery (children aged 3-4 years old) and Reception (children aged 4-5 years old). We have one Nursery class attending a morning session which starts at 8:40am until 11:40am.
Those children attending our morning Nursery also have the opportunity to stay for the afternoon if families are eligible for the 30 hours free childcare scheme. Please contact the school office who can help you with the eligibility process.
The staff in the Nursery are Miss Moore-Haines (Class Teacher) and Mrs Steans (Nursery Nurse) and Mrs Coley (Nursery Nurse).
We have one Reception class. The staff are Miss McEwan and Mrs Tank (Class Teachers sharing the role) and Mrs Dootson (Nursery Nurse).
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Within this curriculum, there are 7 key areas of learning:
- Personal, Social & Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts & Design.
Children in reception learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. Furthermore, skills are developed through a mixture of learning through meaningful play and adult led focuses. The day is structured around a practical maths session and short phonics focus every morning, with the opportunity for more in depth child initiated learning and play in the afternoon. Learning activities are carefully chosen to be suited to the interests and needs of individual children and groups.
The children’s development is closely observed and monitored through a variety of medias such as learning journeys, photographs and working walls. This ensures that the teaching and learning in the classroom is engaging, challenging and exciting.
We value the support of our parents and we strongly encourage you to get involved with your child’s learning journey right from the start. We appreciate how daunting it can be to leave your child for the first time and we work hard to build a nurturing environment which you (our parents) feel a part of. We organise stay and play events, settling-in sessions, parent workshops and curriculum events where you can work alongside your child.
We strive to keep you fully updated about your child’s progress. We use Tapestry as an electronic way of recording and sharing children’s progress. We ask parents to share their observations at home with us so we can build a rounded picture of each child’s learning style, progress and interests.