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Super SATs results above the local and national average.Charity of the year with the Co-op achieved by our Young Leaders.At the recent Rochdale Music Festival our bands won in all three categories- our Full band of 35 children aged 7-11, our Training band and our Ensemble Band (for more experienced players). We won the Musical theatre section with a superb rendition of two songs from Oliver! Our wind band did really well too.We are the overall year 6 winners of Springhill Athletics 2017.Winner of the Football League and local tournament.Our band was filmed by BBC for Cbeebies programme for broadcast in December.

About Foundation Stage

Foundation Stage General Information.

The school's nursery and reception classes are set within secure units.

The Nursery  operates a flexible day. Parents can choose how their child takes their fifteen hours across the Nursery week, bridging morning and afternoon sessions by staying for lunch club in the Nursery. Parents can purchase additional Nursery hours, above their 15 hours of free entitlement, subject to availability. Parents can also take advantage of before and after school clubs that run in the Nursery, and are available to all the children in the Foundation Stage Unit.

 

We believe that every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right, and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. 

The EYFS has four distinct principles

1. A Unique Child

In the Foundation Stage, we recognise that every child has different learning styles which are met through a range of differentiated, stimulating and challenging activities. We aim for children to enter Key Stage 1 as resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

2. Positive Relationships

During their time in Nursery and the Reception years, the children learn to be strong and independent. Through assemblies, play times, and a rich indoor and outdoor curriculum the children make strong friendships across the whole of the Foundation Stage.

3. Enabling Environments

Our spacious Nursery and two Reception classes have continuous areas of provision that support the seven areas of learning that make up the Foundation Stage curriculum. Children have access to stimulating and challenging indoor and outdoor play/tasks which support both child initiated and teacher directed activities. All the Foundation Stage outdoor areas are secure enclosures, have access to a natural grassed area and each have a shuttered canopy for access to the outdoors during poor weather conditions. The children have access to the school hall and gym where teachers deliver discrete Dance, Gym and Games sessions. The children also visit the school library for story time and the Reception children can borrow school books for home reading.

4. Learning & Development

Ongoing assessment is an integral part of the learning and development process. All staff are involved in making systematic observations and assessments of each child’s achievements, interests and learning styles. These observations and assessments are then used to identify learning priorities which will be fed into future planning to ensure that activities are motivating learning experiences for every child across all seven areas of learning.

 

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (Making Relationships, Self-confidence and self-awareness, Managing feelings and behaviour): Across the Foundation Stage we provide the children with a wealth of experiences and support to help them develop a positive sense of themselves and others; respect for others; social skills; and a positive disposition to learn. We take a holistic approach to learning, supporting the development of children’s emotional well-being, ensuring that they have a deep understanding of themselves and are confident to try new experiences.
  • Physical Development (Moving and Handling, Health and self-care): Across the Foundation Stage, children are given opportunities to develop their skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement through discrete P.E. lessons and access to outdoor climbing frames, bikes and a range of outdoor resources. They learn about the importance of exercise and making healthy life choices. Children are taught to use a range of tools safely. 
  • Communication and Language (Listening and attention, Understanding, Speaking): Across the Foundation Stage, C&L incorporates stories, drama, role play and talking about their ideas with their friends. Emphasis is on the children leaving the Foundation Stage as competent communicators with good speaking and listening skills. 
  • Literacy (Reading, Writing): Across the Foundation Stage Literacy includes the teaching of phonics through the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. In the Reception classes, children will work individually and in small groups, both independently and with teacher support, on differentiated tasks to develop reading and writing skills. 
  • Mathematics (Numbers, Shape, space and measure): Across the Foundation Stage children are given indoor and outdoor opportunities to practise and develop their mathematical skills to become confident and competent in their use. Children demonstrate these skills through self initiated and directed activities.  In the Reception classes, children will work individually and in small groups, both independently and with teacher support, on practical maths tasks.
  • Understanding the World (People and communities, The world, Technology): Across the Foundation Stage children are supported in developing their knowledge, skills and understanding to help them make sense of the world, through topic work. Their investigative skills are nurtured through opportunities to encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environment and in real-life situations. They are encouraged to take part in practical experiments and work with a variety of materials. Children are taught to use all of their senses to learn about the world around them. All Nursery and Reception children take part in Forest School activities in small groups, visiting local woodland and learning about their environment and how to care for it, as they develop their co-operation and communication skills.
  • Expressive Arts and Design (Exploring and using media and materials, Being imaginative): Across the Foundation Stage, children are provided with opportunities to develop their curiosity and exploration skills. A range of stimulating and exciting activities encourage children to respond creatively to a variety of art, music, movement, dance, imaginative and role-play situations.

 

Support Staff

Nursery

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Hampton (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) & Mrs Musgrave (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)

                                 Mrs Sykes (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday mornings) & Mrs Robinson (every afternoon)

                                 Mrs Sykes, Mrs Waterworth, Mrs Travis and Mrs Hampton run the Nursery lunch club sessions.

 

Reception

Teaching Assistants: Miss Mundy supports the Reception Literacy lessons across both classes, working with small groups of children assisting them with their reading and writing. She is also actively involved with supporting children during creative/design and technology activities across the unit.

Miss Doherty supports the Reception Maths lessons across both classes, working with small groups of children assisting them with their maths skills, during the mornings and also supports their creative development during the afternoons. 

Mrs Bell supports children in both Reception classes during Literacy activities using the outdoor area and also supports their creative development during the afternoons.

 

Breakfast Club Staff

Mrs Bell and Miss Brown run the Foundation Stage Breakfast Club. This club is held in the Nursery 7.45-8.45 am and is currently available for Nursery, Reception and Year 1 children. 

 

After School Club Staff

Mrs Waterworth, Miss Brown, Mrs Gornall and Mrs Robinson run the Foundation Stage After School Club. This club is held in the Nursery 3.15-5.15pm and is currently available for Nursery, Reception and Year 1 children.