Learning in Foundation

Learning in Foundation


Learning through play and investigation is at the heart of what we do in Foundation at Creswell C of E Infant and Nursery School. Learning is carefully planned to ensure opportunities to learn new skills, apply them and consolidate these across the different areas of the curriculum.

 In Foundation 1 & 2 we plan and support the seven areas of learning outlined in the EYFS Framework. The three prime areas cover Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development. The four specific areas cover Literacy and Mathematical Development, Understanding of The World and Expressive Arts and Design.  

Children are supported and encouraged to become independent learners; selecting resources, developing ideas and collaborating with peers to challenge their thinking. Our learning environment is child centred and both our Indoor and Outdoor environment planned around children’s interests and stage of development.

Children participate in small group activities daily to introduce new concepts and develop skills in phonics (early reading and writing), mathematics, thinking skills, problem solving skills and collaboration. 

By the time children leave the Foundation Stage at our school, we expect them to be happy and confident, independent learners. To have a love for learning and a secure foundation of skills to further develop in key stage 1. 

We have 6 learning topics a year and the children are involved in planning and developing ideas for these topics through the use of mind mapping and talking tubs.


Our topics this year are:

'Marvellous me', 'Sparkle Surprise', 'Traditional tales', 'Wild and Wonderful', 'Grow, grow, grow 'and 'on the move'. 

Marvellous me - Term 1
This term is all about marvellous me. We have looked at what makes us special, our skeletons and our bodies, keeping clean and healthy and finally we are celebrating the Harvest festival and learning what this tradition is all about.  
Throughout this topic we learn in a variety of ways through indoor and our door play, no matter what the weather is like. 
We now open as a foundation unit and work together as a team, sharing our learning areas. Please feel free to take a look at our timetables of FS2 and FS1.