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Foundation Stage

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?

The Early Years Foundation Stage (introduced in September 2008) is the period of education from birth to five years. During the Reception class the children work towards the early learning goals. Most children are expected to achieve the early learning goals by the end of the Foundation Stage.

There is a strong emphasis on learning through play, both child initiated and planned play. The curriculum is delivered through a combination of whole class activities, adult led focussed activities and child initiated activities.

What are the 6 areas of learning and development?

Within the Reception class, children work towards the 'early learning goals! The majority of pupils will achieve these goals by the end of the Foundation Stage. Some children will make further progress and some pupils may still need to work towards some of the goals at the end of Reception.

The Early Years Foundation Stage guidance divides learning and development into 6 areas: -



Please use your child's year group page to find out what they are learning about each half term!


Literacy resources including phonics activities.

Activities for use across all three Foundation Stage Profile areas; shape, space and measure, numbers as labels for counting and calculating.

Explore animal habitats, sort mini beasts and find out about farm animals with these websites.

Images and animations to capture young childrens' interest in the topic.

Learn about homes and create a virtual house with your class. 

Find out more about safety and where children can play with colourful interactive resources.

Foundation Stage lesson plans on living things.

Practice painting with online games.

Presentations and plans to help you teach the ‘people who help us’ topic.

Learn how to dress for the weather with this animation.

Games to help your children improve their mouse skills and overall physical development.

A mixed set of sites for you to use with your reception class. The nursery rhyme activities are useful for the beginning and end of the day.

Schemes of work, lesson plans and ideas for early years practitioners