Introduction to our Foundation Stage 2 Curriculum (Reception)
In the Early Years at St Andrew’s we aim to inspire all our children to develop a thirst and love for discovering and learning. We endeavour for each and every child in our care to be happy, confident, well-rounded and independent.
We believe in providing all children with a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment which is full of motivating and enjoyable learning experiences that build on each child’s needs and interests.
At St Andrew’s, our rich creative curriculum and provision encompasses a range of themes and stories which aim to develop each pupil’s skills, knowledge and the Characteristics of Effective Learning by offering memorable learning experiences and opportunities.
Our challenging curriculum develops the progression of skills across the seven areas of learning outlined in Development Matters and we aim to enable each child to make excellent progress from their starting points to achieving the Early Learning Goals.
We are committed to providing the best possible start to each child’s school journey. By teaching our children life skills and giving them a rich, broad and balanced curriculum, we develop their positive well-being, a smooth transition into Year One and their success in the future.
At St Andrew’s, right from the beginning of their journey, our children begin to develop an understanding of the school values, the fruit of the Spirit and our vision:
‘Live a life worthy of the Lord, and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God’
These underpin our curriculum and permeate through our provision as we endeavour to put those values into practice.
At St Andrew’s, we believe that children learn most effectively when they are healthy, safe and secure; when their individual needs are met, and when they have positive relationships with the adults who care for them. We provide a setting that encompasses a safe and stimulating environment, both indoors and outdoors, where children are able to enjoy learning and grow in confidence, helping them to achieve their potential. Adults in our setting provide support, challenge and extension through high quality interactions and act as role models for learning.
Our curriculum design effectively underpins the learning at St Andrew’s and is tailored to our children. The curriculum is creative, broad and balanced, providing rich learning opportunities across the seven areas of development. A thematic approach, which is linked to high quality texts, is implemented and adapted in response to our children’s interests and needs. Themes last for one or two weeks and exciting homework challenges are set which encourage the learning further. The parental partnership is highly valued and contributes to our learning experiences. Our approach gives children many opportunities to apply their learning across the curriculum in different practical challenges and contexts. Our children learn through play and embark on their own child-initiated activities in continuous provision, as well as learning through structured adult-led activities.
Children in FS2 eagerly participate in Forest School, which builds their skills, knowledge and resilience through exciting learning experiences outdoors.
RWInc phonics is taught daily, providing an effective foundation in literacy so our early readers read phonemes, words and books confidently; and our early writers form letters accurately, while confidently applying their phonemic knowledge to a range of writing opportunities. A love of books is fostered daily in FS2 through engaging with a range of high quality books; this is crucial for extending our children’s vocabulary and comprehension.
The Mastery of Number approach is adopted at St Andrew’s and this encourages our early mathematicians to have a deep understanding of number and to develop a strong foundation for mental arithmetic.
RE is taught weekly, building our children’s knowledge and understanding of our vision.
Our children’s progress and attainment is carefully monitored at St Andrew’s and our planning targets specific objectives and individual needs. Interventions provide carefully structured programmes to support specific children.
At St Andrew’s, our children will be actively engaged in their learning, and the enjoyment of this learning will be apparent in their daily provision. All children will have experienced a curriculum that provides exciting and enriching learning experiences and opportunities for them to learn across the areas of development. Our young learners will demonstrate their developing communication skills, physical development and personal, social and emotional development in our setting as they enjoy and access the provision both indoors and outdoors.
Each child’s learning journey and work will show remarkable achievements and progress, evidencing clearly the successes of the children throughout their time in our Early Years provision. Each child will make significant progress: most will achieve, and some will exceed the Early Learning Goals.
The children at St Andrew’s will have experienced a smooth transition between external preschool providers, Reception and beyond. Effective communication and collaboration will ensure the children will leave the EYFS with a solid foundation, will be successful learners and fully prepared for the next stage of their education as they transition from the Early Years Foundation Stage into Key Stage One.
Additionally, our young learners will be able to appreciate and understand the world around them by experiencing and learning about diversity through different cultures, celebrations, music, dance, art and in RE. Children will actively ask questions about the world around them and their learning experiences.
Our children will begin to make sense of the world around them, developing an understanding of their rights and the rights of others in an ever-changing world. Our children will begin to develop an understanding of St Andrew’s values and vision, and be demonstrating it in their words and actions.