There are two Foundation Stage classes within Wootton Bassett Infants’ School both working within the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. Both classes plan based around the 7 areas of learning and which are always linked to the termly topics. This topic-based approach helps to ensure that wherever possible, learning is cross-curricular and provides the children balanced exposure to all the areas of learning. Story books are selected to support the topic and written work is often based around the chosen texts whilst at the same time, ensuring children are working towards the Early learning Goals. Our Curriculum Map provides a good oversight of the topics being covered and how these link to each of the areas of learning. All areas of learning are covered each week and often learning is delivered through play.
The Foundation Stage classes are arranged into areas – with a topic-based role play area, a writing table, a maths focus area, a reading corner and computers. There is a wide-range of resources available to the children, to include messy play like sand and water play for both indoors and outdoors, tuff trays, construction toys, small world imaginative play, as well as a wide-range of English, maths and art-based resources such as mini whiteboards, magnetic boards and letters, literacy puzzles, compare bears, peg boards, threading activities, paints, crayons, coloured paper, playdough. The Foundation Stage outdoor play area was completely renewed in February 2020 and provides much more opportunities for outdoor play and outdoor continuous provision.
Teaching is delivered either as a whole class, on a one to one basis or most often in groups, dependent on the children’s needs at the time.
The children are taught phonics explicitly and discreetly using the Letters and Sounds Programme, alongside Jolly Phonics and copies of the actions are sent home for the children to practise.
Learning is embedded through continuous provision and opportunities are planned for the children to extend and reinforce learning delivered in more teacher directed tasks. To enrich the children’s learning, school trips are arranged for the Foundation Stage, usually once a term. These visits usually include a visit to the local church, library, book shop and the Cotswold Wildlife Park. In addition usually a variety of visitors come into the school to talk to the children, such as a nurse, a dentist and a visiting farm and these are always linked to topic.
The children usually take part in whole-school activities and initiatives such as performances at Harvest and the Nativity at Christmas in which they learn songs and perform for the parents and carers. They take part in the School’s Reading Challenge in which small prizes are awarded for those children who have enjoyed a number of suggested books. Usually we also have a Sharing Assembly in which two children from each class are chosen weekly to share their school achievements in assembly.