At Holden Lane, our Foundation Stage provision offers a balance of ‘teacher-led’ input and ‘pupil-initiated’ learning. We create a supportive, stimulating environment in the school indoor and outdoor learning areas for children to play and engage in enquiry, discovery and reflection. We want our children to be confident in expressing their ideas, happy to make independent choices, develop strong relationships and be keen to explore the world around them. In our EYFS, we provide a strong foundation on which all future learning will build upon.
We aim to make the learning relevant to children’s lives though our EYFS themes and colourful, lively, learning environment, and we place the pupils’ individual interests and choices at the heart of the classroom so they feel unique, safe, secure and ready to explore.
We use the ‘Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage’ to ensure that all of our children are delivered a broad and challenging Curriculum.
Three areas are particularly important for building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving. These are the prime areas:
• Communication and Language
• Physical Development
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development
We also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
• Understanding the World
• Expressive Arts and Design