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Foundation Stage

The Foundation Stage begins when your child reaches the age of three, and finishes at the end of the academic year in which they reach the age of five.  At Northfield, children enter the Foundation Stage the term after their third birthday (if places are available) for either 5 afternoons or 5 morning sessions.  Your child will embark upon full time education at the beginning of the academic year in which they reach their fifth birthday.

 

The Foundation Stage is important in its own right; the curriculum for the Foundation Early Years Foundation Stage is designed to meet the diverse needs of all children, enabling most to achieve the Early Learning Goals, and, where appropriate, go beyond.  Children aged three to five constantly encounter new experiences and seek to understand them, extending their skills, developing confidence and building on what they already know.  Children deepen their understanding through playing, talking, observing, planning, questioning, experimenting, testing, repeating, reflecting, and responding to adults and to each other. Structured and well-planned play, both indoors and outdoors, is the key to learning with enjoyment and challenge. At Northfield we strive to provide the best possible start to your child’s school life. 

 

The Foundation Stage Curriculum is arranged in seven areas of learning:

 

Three prime areas

  • Personal social and emotional development;

  • Communication and language

  • Physical Development

 

And four specific areas

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the world

  • Expressive art and design

Play

At Northfield we believe that childhood is a time of play, and through play we discover the rewards of achievement, and acquire life skills.  Northfield Foundation Unit provides a stimulating, challenging environment for the children to engage in purposeful experiences and activities.

Through play, in a secure environment with effective adult support, children can;

 

  • Explore, develop and represent learning experiences that help them make sense of the world;

 

  • Practice and build ideas, concepts and skills;

 

  • Learn how to control impulses and understand the need for rules;

 

  • Be alone, be alongside others or co-operate as they talk or rehearse their feelings;

 

  • Take risks and make mistakes;

 

  • Think creatively and imaginatively;

 

  • Communicate with others as they investigate or solve problems;

 

  • Express fears or relive experiences in controlled and safe situations

 

It is through this process that young children at Northfield work towards, achieve and in some cases exceed the Early Learning Goals.

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