Our aim at Colerne is that all children will thrive, be successful and enjoy their first year at school. Our children are given the opportunity to learn through play based activities, both indoors and outdoors. We use our beautiful school grounds and local countryside to support their learning.
The Foundation Stage Curriculum
has seven key areas of learning. These are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical development
- Communication and Language
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Teaching and learning ensures that there are opportunities to explore key skills within these seven areas within an empowering, exciting and supportive environment.
Observation of children in their play by all adults including parents, supports the curriculum and informs next steps in the children’s learning.
Before the children start in the Foundation Stage there are several opportunities for the children to visit their new learning environment and staff in the school. The children are visited in their pre-school setting by our Foundation Stage teacher and parents are invited to an induction afternoon to find out about life at Colerne.
We strongly believe that parental partnerships can only support children’s learning and throughout the year we run workshops where parents can find out about how we teach key skills and how to support children at home.
Cross- curricular opportunities are skilfully planned to enable children to learn both collaboratively and independently, developing new skills. Learning is informed by the children’s interests and ensures that children are active participants in their learning and development.
Enrichment opportunities are experienced throughout the year and provide learning opportunities for first hand, real life experiences. Such opportunities have been a visit by the police during our "People who help us" enquiry. We also learn with children from other year groups in the school.