Early childhood is the foundation on which children build the rest of their lives. At Woodchurch Church of England Primary School we greatly value the importance that the Early Years Foundation Stage plays in laying secure foundations for future learning and development. We aim to provide a safe, challenging, stimulating and caring environment which is sensitive to the needs of every child.
During the Reception year we provide a broad, balanced and creative curriculum that will establish firm foundations for future learning, where pupils are motivated and eager to learn.
- We provide opportunities for children to learn through planned, purposeful play and child-initiated activities which support development across all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
- We aim to encourage children to enable choice and decision-making, fostering independence and self-confidence.
- At Woodchurch we value and encourage parental engagement and work in partnership with parents and carers to develop and nurture their children, to become the very best that they can be.
Activities are planned to support the seven areas of learning and development of which three are ‘prime areas’ and four are ‘specific areas’.
Prime areas are fundamental, work together and move through to support development in all other areas. The prime areas are:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
Specific areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society. The specific areas are:
- Understanding of the world
- Expressive arts and design