Welcome to our Early Years Foundation Stage
Butterflies (Nursery and Reception)
Our staff are dedicated to providing a broad and stimulating curriculum through which every child has the opportunities and support to develop a strong foundation to start their learning journey.
We recognise that parents are a child’s prime educator and when your child starts school an important partnership begins between school and home. It is important to establish two-way communication links if the partnership is to be a successful one. Regular opportunities for the exchange of information or questions to be answered will be made available throughout the year.
The Foundation Stage curriculum is designed to provide all children with a well planned and resourced curriculum to take your child’s learning forward and to provide opportunities for all to succeed in a friendly and caring atmosphere.
It is used to ensure that continuity and progression are promoted for your child right the way through to the end of reception class. The curriculum content is mainly skill based with new activities and ideas introduced through a thematic approach.
The curriculum following the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) developmental matters and principles is split into 7 areas of learning (3 Prime Areas and 4 Specific Areas).
Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Communication and Language Development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Physical Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
For more information on The Early Years Framework go to EYFS Statutory Framework and Developmental Matters.
At St Edward’s Academy we place high importance on reading and having the support from home makes your child’s learning journey even more significant. Please encourage children to read as often as possible at home using the online GoRead app.
Our Nursery and Reception classes follow the scheme ‘Letters and Sounds’, a published resource by the Department for Education and Skills (2007). It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills as well as prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills.
Letters and Sounds
For resources and games to support phonics , have a look at
YouTube clip of pronunciation of pure sounds
Literacy Development (Reading and Writing) involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
Understanding the World involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive Arts and Design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
In school the style of handwriting taught is ‘continuous cursive’. We start to teach letter formation in Nursery and Reception and develop continuous cursive in Years 1 and 2 with the aim for most children to be writing in a fully cursive style as they enter Year 3.
For resources to help with handwriting go to teachhandwriting.co.uk
Information on our Religious Education Curriculum