The Foundation Stage

Here in Nursery and Reception we sustain the highest quality teaching and learning which enable children to be the best that they can be. We provide the daily care and nurture that every child needs in order for them to excel in being positive, dignified and have high expectations in everything they do.

Our aim is to ensure our children are happy, confident and independent learners. In order to do this effectively we place great value on the partnership between school and home. Here are just a few examples of what we do at St Wilfrid’s Catholic Academy .

– Parent Workshops (teachers, parents and children learning together)

– Teachers available at the end of every school day ready to discuss any concerns

All children are expected to…

…make to their own sensible choices.

…move calmly and act kindly.

…have a love of reading.

…have a confident voice.

Our doors are always open.


The Seven Areas of Learning and Development:

Prime Areas:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Communication and Language

Physical Development

Specific Areas:



Understanding of the World

Expressive Arts and Design

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Successful Personal, Social and Emotional Development is critical for very young children in all

aspects of their lives and gives them the best opportunity for success in all other areas of learning. We believe that it is crucial that we provide the experiences and support to enable children to develop a positive sense of themselves.

Communication and language

Communication and Language depend on learning and being competent in a number of key skills,

together with having the confidence, opportunity, encouragement, support and disposition to use

them. This area of learning includes communication, speaking and listening in different situations and for different purposes, and using past, present and future forms accurately.

Physical Development

Physical development in the Foundation Stage is about improving skills of co-ordination, control,

manipulation and movement (Fine and Gross motor skills). Physical development has two other very important aspects. It helps children gain confidence in what they can do and enables them to feel the positive benefits of being healthy and active.


Reading- children read and understand simple sentences. Using the “Letters and Sounds” scheme. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud. Children enjoy and recognise a wide range of texts, including, signs labels, instructions, stories and information books.

Writing- Children use their phonic knowledge to write words which match their spoken sounds. Children write for a variety of purposes.


Mathematical development depends on becoming confident and competent in learning and using key skills. This area of learning includes counting, sorting, matching, seeking patterns, making

connections, recognising relationships and working with numbers, shapes, space and measures. Mathematical understanding should be developed through stories, songs, games and imaginative play, so that children can enjoy using and experimenting with numbers. This includes numbers with two digits.

Understanding of the World

In Understanding of the World children are developing the crucial knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world. It includes helping

children develop the skills of observing, predicting, exploring, investigating, interpreting, discussing, decision making and using tools and materials appropriately

Expressive Arts and Design

Expressive Arts and Design is fundamental to successful learning. Being creative enables children to make connections between one area of learning and another and so extend their understanding. This area of learning includes art, music, dance, role-play and imaginative play.

In Early Years we follow the Letters and Sounds phonic programme. Phonics is taught daily in the Early Years.

We also use the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme. Children are heard to read throughout the week and will bring books home to read with you.