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Foundation Stage Curriculum

Foundation Stage Curriculum Information

The Curriculum


At Woodford, we believe that every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships and they learn and develop best when they are in an enabling environment. A strong partnership between staff and parents and/or carers is vital to supporting this development. We know that children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and ensure that we provide children with experiences which respond to their individual needs.


Early years learning concentrates on 7 areas of learning and we teach the children by ensuring challenging, playful opportunities across the prime and specific areas of learning and development.


The prime areas of learning


  • Communication and Language - Listening & Attention, Speaking and Understanding
  • Physical Development - Moving & Handling and Health & Self-Care
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development - Managing Feelings & Behaviour, Making Relationships and Self Confidence & Self Awareness


The specific areas of learning


  • Literacy - Reading and Writing
  • Mathematics - Number and Shape, Space & Measures
  • Understanding the World - People & Communities, The World and Technology
  • Expressive Arts and Design - Exploring & Using Media & Materials and Being Imaginative


We foster the children's Characteristics of Effective Learning, helping them to become enthusiastic, independent learners.

Playing and exploring – children's engagement
- finding out and exploring
- playing with what they know
- being willing to ‘have a go’


Active learning – children's motivation
- being involved and concentrating
- keeping trying
- enjoying achieving what they set out to do


Creating and thinking critically – children's thinking
- having their own ideas
- making links
- choosing ways to do things


At Woodford, we firmly believe that the first year of school is of vital importance to setting children on the path to a successful school career.

Foundation Stage Curriculum Plan


The Curriculum Plan gives details of the areas of study and topics to be covered for each of the areas of learning through the year.