Foundation Stage Curriculum

The Howard School Foundation Stage setting is an energetic provision with a vibrant team to match! It is constantly evolving to ensure our children love coming to school each day and find learning fun.

In EYFS we follow the Government's 2012 Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. The children's learning and development is taught through seven areas of learning.

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

We develop the children's learning through all these areas in our dynamic Foundation Stage provision. We pride ourselves on child initiated learning. This approach involves really getting to know the children as unique individuals and allowing them to plan the interests that we cover. This embodies our whole school ethos of respecting the rights of the child. By allowing ourselves to follow the interests of the children we find that the children become highly engaged and motivated when learning.

As part of our curriculum we really emphasise the dispositions and attitudes that allow children to be successful learners. With the children we use language such as: perseverance, team work, curiosity and fun. We want our children to believe they can be fantastic in all that they do; by teaching them the characteristics of successful learners that will travel with them throughout their life; making children Life Long Learners.

End of EYFS Expectations:
The staff have identified these expectations as being the minimum requirements your child must meet in order to ensure continued progress throughout the following year.
All the objectives will be worked on throughout the year and will be the focus of direct teaching. Any extra support you can provide in helping your children to achieve these is greatly valued.

If you have any queries or want support in knowing how best to help your child please talk to your childís teacher.

Read some common irregular words.
Use phonic knowledge to decide regular words & read aloud accurately.
Identify rhymes and alliteration.
Join in with rhyming patterns.
Read & understand simple sentences.
Demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.
Make basic predictions.
Identify start and end of a sentence.

Write simple sentences which can be read by themselves & others.
Use capital letters and full stops to demarcate sentences.
Write demarcated sentences.
Use correct pencil grip.
Write name (correct upper & lower case).
Use correct letter formation for familiar words.

Count reliably to 20.
Order numbers 1 to 20.
Say 1 more/1 less to 20.
Add & subtract two single digit numbers.
Count on/back to find the answer.

Nursery Teacher: Miss K Hunter

Classroom Professional: Mrs R Longfield / Mrs D Wedge

Reception Teacher: Mrs K Tordoff

Classroom Professional: Mrs E Thorpe