Welcome to Foundation Stage 2
Foundation Stage 2 – FS2
At Glebe, we begin each new year by looking at the individual needs of our children, taking into account their different starting points, current interests and abilities in all areas of the curriculum. We believe that the Early Years Foundation Stage is crucial in securing solid foundations that children are going to continue to build upon through their school and personal life. We value all children as individuals and strive to support them all to achieve their full, unique potential. We encourage children to have a positive attitude towards learning as well as the people and the world around them. Our aim is to ensure that all pupils finish their reception year in line with their peers nationally and ready for the next stage of their education.
The seven areas of development from the EYFS framework and the characteristics of learning are taught and developed through half termly Imaginative Learning Projects that are specially selected to cover a range of children’s interests and learning requirements.
In FS2 our imaginative learning projects are:
Once upon a time
A splash of colour
How does your garden grow?
Food, Glorious Food!
Reading is at the heart of our curriculum and the ‘Book of the week’ provides a hook for learning and engagement to all areas of the curriculum. Our approach to teaching is a mixture of real life practical and play based activities with differentiated structured opportunities enabling us to support and challenge all children. There is a combination of adult-led and teacher taught sessions as well as a wealth of stimulating indoor and outdoor continuous provision opportunities.
Outdoor learning examples :
The curriculum for the early years consists of three prime areas. These areas cover the knowledge and skills which build the foundations for children’s school readiness and future progress. These are applied and reinforced by four more specific areas of development.
Prime – Communication and language: development involves giving the children opportunities to experience a rich language environment, develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and to speak and listen in a range of situations. Staff within the early years have training and experience delivering the ‘Time to Talk’ and ‘Nuffield Early Language’ interventions for any children needing additional support to develop these skills.
Prime – Physical development: this involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive. It helps to develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Children are also supported to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food and exercise.
Prime – Personal, social and emotional development: this involves helping children to develop a positive sense of both themselves and others around them. It helps them 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.
Specific – Literacy: development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters, helping them begin to read and write. Differentiated phonics activities and sessions are taught in a structured and specific format using the ‘Read Write Inc’ scheme enabling children to use and apply strategies across the curriculum. Children have a ‘book of the week focus’ that is planned to cover all aspects of the reading curriculum and guided reading sessions where skills can be taught and developed through small differentiated group activities. Children are also given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to help ignite their interest.
Specific – Mathematics: this 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 help them describe shapes, spaces and measures.
Specific – Understanding the world: this involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community by providing opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Specific – Expressive arts and design: this 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.