Welcome to the Foundation Stage Unit
The Foundation Stage Unit at OLSP takes in children from the term they are 3 until they leave reception. As a unit we work hard to challenge the children who are ready to be pushed and nurture the children who need more support in certain areas. Our focus is on the 'Prime Areas' as, without these, children will not have the firm foundations they need to progress through the rest of their educational life.
Children in the Nursery (F1) and Reception Class (F2) follow the age-related standards for learning, development and care.
These are organised into seven areas: three prime and four specific.
Click on the below document for an in depth look at the Development Matters EYFS curriculum:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Another key ingredient to a good EYFS curriculum is the recognition of the Characteristics of Effective Learning.
In the foundation stage unit we celebrate our Characteristics of Effective Learning by using the Achievosaurs
What are the Achievosaurs?
There are seven Achievosaurs altogether, each linking to an aspect of the characteristics. They enable children to become more aware of how they learn, build resilience and give them language to explain the skills they use when learning. We will introduce them a couple at a time – meet the Achievosaurs…
TRYATOPS I try my best and never give up
STICKOSAURAUS I stick at tasks and persevere
Playing & Exploring
EXPLOROSAUR I explore everything around me
ASKARAPTOR I ask questions and find things out
Creating and Thinking Critically
SOLVEOSAURUS REX I work hard to solve problems
THINKODOCUS I think carefully about what I learn
SHAREONYX I share my ideas and resources
Lots of you may have heard of the expression ‘School Ready’ talked about by the DfE, hence the introduction and provision of increased nursery places. This is where education providers and schools along with parents, will continue to build upon your child’s social awareness, self and health care and language skills.
The DfE refers to “school readiness” as supporting children to be ready for the opportunities available to them in Year One. Children will leave foundation stage having been assessed as either working within the emerging, expected or exceeding band of each strand of learning. It is anticipated that the majority of children will reach the assessment point of Foundation Stage within the ‘expected band’. It is important to remember however, that children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.