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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.

Phonics and Reading Schemes


At Woodford we follow the DFES Letters and Sounds phonics scheme which aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills.

In Foundation children learn phases 2, 3 and 4.

In Year 1 children consolidate phases 2-4 and learn phase 5.

In Year 2 children consolidate phase 5 and learn phase 6.

In Foundation we introduce actions from the Jolly Phonics scheme alongside the phonemes (letter sounds), this provides a multi-sensory approach which supports children who learn in a more physical way. These actions are used in Year 1 where appropriate.

You can find more information about what is covered in each phase and games you can play to support your child's learning here.


At Woodford we do not use a set reading book scheme. In Foundation children start with a bespoke reading homework sheet that is designed to support the specific sounds and skills they are learning to give them the best possible, positive start to reading. By targetting the sounds, words and skills children know they are able to achieve success with their homework, building self esteem and a sense of self as a reader. As children begin to be able to read simple sentences independently children then move onto coloured book banded books which are banded to provide reading books at an appropriate level. We use books from multiple reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree, Read Write Inc, Dandelion Readers and more to expose children to a wide range of books.


If you would like any more information about our Phonics or Reading schemes please email the school contact at the top of the home page or see your child's class teacher.

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.