The Foundation Phase places great emphasis on children learning by doing. Young children are given more opportunities to gain first hand experiences through play and active involvement rather than completing exercises in books. Through their play, children practice and consolidate their learning, play with ideas, experiment, take risks, solve problems, and make decisions. They are given time to develop speaking and listening skills and to become confident in introductory reading and writing skills. We introduce the skills programme Read,Write Inc when Nursery children are ready. Mathematics is more practical so that children can see how problems are solved and how important mathematics is in their everyday lives. There is more emphasis on children understanding how things work and on finding different ways to solve problems. We use the Maths Makes Sense programme with Nursery children when they are ready.
Young children learn best when they have opportunity to form links in their experiences for this reason we introduce a teme each term. These themes cover the seven areas of learning and help the children make sense of their learning . The Foundation Phase framework seven Areas of Learning are;
This area of learning focuses on developing imagination and creativity. Their natural curiosity and disposition to learn is stimulated by everyday sensory experiences.
Enthusiasm and energy for movement is continually promoted through helping children to use their bodies effectively. Spatial awareness, balance, control and co-ordination is encouraged to develop motor and manipulative skills.
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Children will be given experiences that increase their curiosity about the world around them and to begin to understand past events, people and places, livings things and the work people do.
Welsh Language Development
Welsh Language skills are developed through communicating in a range of enjoyable, practical planned activities and using a range of stimuli that build on children’s previous knowledge and experiences.
Children will use numbers in their daily activities and develop a range of flexible methods for working mentally with numbers. They will then move onto using more formal methods of working and recording when they are developmentally ready.
Language Literacy and Communication Skills
These skills will be developed through talking, signing, communicating and listening. Children will be encouraged to communicate their needs, feelings and thoughts and retell their experiences.
Personal and Social Development, Well-being and Cultural Diversity
This area of learning focuses on children learning about themselves, their relationships with other children and adults.
Children’s ICT skills will be developed across the curriculum through a range of experiences that involves them; finding and developing, creating and presenting information and ideas.
The Foundation Phase places great importance on practitioners using the outdoors as another learning environment where children can work on a daily basis.
Children will access learning through different themes each term, which are designed to interest and excite their thinking skills.