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The Pines School

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Foundation Stage

The Foundation Stage offers your child an active learning environment where they can explore their ideas and understanding first hand through planned and unplanned experiences, both in the classroom and outdoors. Whether they are making a ‘magic potion’ in the mud kitchen or quietly reading a story in the book corner, our our aim is that children develop the high levels of engagement and curiosity that motivate them to learn. Independence is encouraged and opportunities are provided for the children to develop social skills and grow in confidence and self-esteem.

The knowledge and skills children need to become readers and writers are taught through phonics and physical development. Mathematical concepts are taught through practical activities to enable children to gain understanding of number and shape.

Your child’s achievements at the end of the Reception Year will inform their starting points as they move into Key Stage One.


The Foundation Stage Curriculum is planned according to the Early Learning Goals:

  • Communication and Language

  • Physical Development
  • Number

  • Shape, Space and Measure

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Literacy

  • Understanding of the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design

You will be offered the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress each term. Feel free to come in and view your child’s learning at any time.