Nursery & Reception
Our curriculum is full of learning, exploring and fun. We learn lots of things inside and outside the classroom. It is made up of seven elements from the development matters document which can be found on the Governments website in ‘Education’. We develop our curriculum content around the inspiration of children’s interests through ‘In the Moment Planning’ and themed books.
In the Moment Planning
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
This is divided into three areas; ‘Building Relationships’, ‘Self Regulation’ and ‘Managing Self’. We make lots of new friends, share and take turns. At school we follow ‘REACH IT’ and the Mr Men rules.
This is divided into two areas; ‘Gross Motor Skills’ and ‘Fine Motor Skills’. We develop our handwriting skills, PE skills and exploring outside. We learn about keeping healthy and how exercise helps us to develop.
Communication and Language
This is divided into three areas; ‘Listening & Attention’, ‘Understanding’, and ‘Speaking’. We learn to talk to each other by taking turns, and we listen to people when they talk to us. We use ‘Talk for Writing’ and in our Oracy sessions we play lots of games to learn new vocabulary and the meaning of new words.
This is divided into three areas; Reading – ‘Word Recognition’, ‘Comprehension’ and ‘Writing’. We like sharing books with our friends and adults. We are busy learning our phonic sounds and learning to read.
All children in Foundation Stage have daily phonics sessions. We use Little Wandle for early reading and phonics.
In Foundation Stage 1, children have daily 10 minutes phonics activities from Phase 1 of ‘Playing with Sounds’ and learn ten sight words.
As the children begin Foundation Stage 2, these activities continue alongside the teaching of Phase 2 graphemes and phonemes, where they learn all the single sounds and how to blend and segment simple words. They also learn the formation of the sounds. Phase 3 begins when the children are confident in blending and segmenting with these sounds and they can begin using long vowel digraphs (ai, ee, igh, oa, ue). In the summer term we move onto Phase 4 sounds. By the end of Foundation the children should be able to read 45 sight words.
We have fun learning how to write our names and simple sentences.
This is divided into two areas; ‘Number’ and ‘Numerical Patterns’. We sing counting songs, play games and learn how to count to 10 and beyond.
Children learn their Maths through practical tasks and investigations. We learn about Maths around us in our environment. The children enjoy going outside and finding different shapes and patterns. The children are taught numbers to 20 by being able to recognise, count, order and write them. They learn about shapes and how we can measure different things.
Understanding the world
This is divided into three areas; ‘Past & Present’ People Culture & Communities’and ‘The Natural World’. We like to explore inside and outside. What can we see and hear? How do things work? Who lives in our families? We learn about how computers work and how they can help us with our learning.
Children at Braunstone Frith Primary Academy begin their exploration of technology through play and discovery. They ask questions about why things happen and how they work.
Expressive Arts and design
This is divided into two areas; ‘Creating with Materials’ and ‘Being Imaginative & Expressive’. We learn how to paint, draw and collage. We look at which colours we can see and what textures we can feel. We join objects together and learn new creative skills.
RE in the Foundation Stage
In the Foundation Stage religious education is taught through:
- personal, social and emotional development
- communication and language
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design
The children begin to explore Religion through learning about special people, objects and events. We celebrate a number of religious festivals throughout the year including Diwali, Christmas, Easter, Eid and Holi. We aim to develop children’s knowledge and respect for their own cultures and beliefs and those of other people, while at the same time developing their appreciation and wonder of the world. Children in the Foundation Stage will visit a Church during Easter.
We have a blended approach to learning through ‘I Wonder’ topics and ‘In the Moment Planning’.
The I wonder topics for this year are;
I wonder where I belong?
I wonder how people celebrate?
I wonder how the weather changes?
I wonder how things move?
I wonder who this famous person is?
I wonder what is all around us?
I wonder why we celebrate Easter?
I wonder where animals live?
I wonder what I can remember?
I wonder who I can be?
The Core books we are learning about in Foundation Stage are: