St Augustine’s Early Years Foundation Stage
At St. Augustine’s Catholic Academy we greatly value the important role that the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ plays in laying secure foundations for life-long learning and development. We understand that every child is a unique learner and we aim for all children to become resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
In the Foundation Stage we aim to deliver all the areas through a combination of direct teaching and planned, purposeful play; a balance of adult-led, continuous provision and child-initiated activities. Through indoor and outdoor play our children explore and develop learning experiences, which help them make sense of the world. They have the opportunity to think creatively alongside other children as well as on their own. They communicate with others as they investigate and solve problems.
There are seven areas of learning and development. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Four areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These four areas, the prime areas, are:
- Religious Education
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development – Making relationships; Self-confidence & Self- awareness; Managing feelings and behaviour
- Communication and Language – Listening & attention; Understanding; Speaking
- Physical Development – Moving & handling; Heath & self-care
We also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
- Literacy – Reading; Writing
- Mathematics- Number; Shape, space and measure
- Understanding the World- People & communities; the world; Technology
- Expressive Arts and Design- Exploring & understanding media & materials; Being imaginative
Throughout their journey through the foundation stage we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which will enable each child to develop personally, socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically, creatively and intellectually to his/her full potential. Teaching and learning is based on the understanding that children have individual needs and interests and develop at different rates.