The curriculum in Foundation covers the three prime areas of:
- Communication & Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social & Emotional development
And the 4 specific areas of:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts & design
At Dallow we believe firmly that young children learn through first hand experiences based on exploratory and practical activities, and that these activities take place in a lively and stimulating environment.
A lot of what goes on in the Foundation classrooms will look like play, but play and creative activities provide the means through which young children can express their thoughts and feelings and explore their world.
Through carefully constructed activities like weighing, measuring, listening, talking, singing, exploring and experimenting children will be learning all the time to express ideas, solve problems, get on with others and to make sense and order out of the world around them. Many of these activities form the basis from which number (maths) and language (reading and writing) skills develop. We follow the Ruth Miskin "Read, Write, Inc." phonic programme to enhance the children’s reading and writing skills.
The school day, in the Foundation classes, is not usually divided up into set periods. Instead the curriculum is integrated which means that subjects are not time-tabled for regular slots each week but taken as and when teacher and class find it appropriate. A class will often take a topic or theme and explore it in depth, which will involve bringing in knowledge from a variety of subject areas.
As well as developing reading, writing and maths skills, a week in the Foundation Stage classroom will include stories and poems, art and craft, talking and listening, topic work, music and physical education.
The indoor and outdoor classroom is usually an informal, though carefully structured place in which children will be working at their own pace, in a variety of groupings, engaged in a variety of activities – from learning games to reading and being read to, painting and making things.