Foundation Stage Curriculum


The Foundation Stage is the first stage of your child’s education at Greenfields. In the Reception Class we use three Prime Areas of Learning:

and four Specific Areas of Learning:

These are taught through three characteristics of effective learning:



















All of these areas of learning are equally important and are delivered through purposeful play, with a balance of adult led and child initiated activities. During this formative year there is an emphasis on the Personal, Social and Emotional Development skills and children are encouraged to be independent and self-motivated.

Children also take part in class sessions with the teaching of phonics, literacy and numeracy. The systematic teaching of phonics enables them to make a good start in learning to read. We follow the “Letters and Sounds” scheme, supported by “Phonics Bug” and “Bug Club” books. Maths is taught through a multi-sensory approach to help children make sense of number. The Foundation Stage also follows four of the big ideas outlined in the inquiry section of the website.

For more information about the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum see Statutory Framework for Early Years.

Learning takes place indoors and outdoors. The Reception Class has its own outdoor area where children can access all the areas of learning.

During 2012-13 we secured a £10,000 grant from Lottery Funding Awards for All to redevelop the outdoor area. Children now enjoy performing on the new staging area, building dens, tending their garden, racing round the bike track and digging in the mud kitchen!

View our Reception Curriculum document