Why is this called the Foundation Stage?
This is because it should give children enjoyable and satisfying childhood experiences that give them secure foundations for their learning at school. These early experiences affect children's attitude to later learning in school and beyond. When your child stammers it is particularly important that he develops a positive attitude to talking, listening and learning in pre-school, as any worrying experiences may damage his self-esteem and confidence.
The 'Early Learning Goals'
This period is now a distinct stage from birth to five with its own 'early learning goals'. Most children should be able to reach these by the end of the Foundation Stage in the Reception class of a primary school or selected setting. This prepares them for the work in the next class in primary school on National Curriculum Key Stage I.
The goals are a series of aims within six areas of young children's development and learning
Areas and aspects of learning for the Foundation Stage
There are six areas of learning in the curriculum for the Foundation Stage. Each area includes several aspects of learning. These are listed and numbered below.
Personal, social and emotional development (PSED)
- Dispositions and attitudes
- Self-confidence and self-esteem
- Making relationships
- Behaviour and self-control
- Sense of community
Communication, language and literacy (CLL)
- Language for communication
- Language for thinking
- Linking sounds and letters
Mathematical development (MD)
- Numbers as labels and for counting
- Shape, space and measures
Knowledge and understanding of the world (KUW)
- Exploration and investigation
- Designing and making skills
- Information and communication technology
- A sense of time
- A sense of place
- Cultures and beliefs
Physical development (PD)
- A sense of space
- Health and bodily awareness
- Using equipment
- Using tools and materials
Creative development (CD)
- Exploring media and materials
- Responding to experiences and expressing and communicating ideas
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