Foundation Stage Curriculum

In Reception, we follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and Development Matters (2012)

The four themes of a unique child are positive relationships, enabling environments, learning and development. The principles that inform them, underpin and shape our practice:

  • Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Children learn to be independent and strong through positive relationships.
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership and positive relationship between practitioners and parents and carers.
  • Children develop and learn in different ways.

The ways in which a child engages with other people and their environment – playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically – underpin learning and development across all areas of the curriculum.  At Long Buckby Infant School, we develop the characteristics of effective learning through:

  • Playing and exploring -They are given opportunities to find out and explore, play with what they know and develop the willingness to ‘have a go’ so that they become engaged in their learning.
  • Active learning - They learn to become involved, concentrate, keep trying and enjoy achieving so that they are motivated to learn.
  • Creating and thinking critically – They are encouraged to have their own ideas, can make links and can choose ways of doing things to develop their thinking skills.

Through our topic planning and stunning starts, we plan activities that will capture the imagination of the children and will meet their needs so that they can thrive.  Adults in the setting support and extend children through the provision made and through open-ended questioning to promote their thinking skills and help children to make choices and reach their potential.

Learning takes place both inside and outside, through a range of adult-led and child-initiated activities.  Throughout the day children will take part in whole class, small group and individual learning opportunities.

The curriculum for Foundation Stage is organised into 3 prime areas and 4 specific areas of learning and all areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. The prime areas are essential because they lay the foundations for children's success in all other areas of learning and for life. The prime areas are strengthened and applied through the specific areas which include essential skills and knowledge and important contexts for learning.

The three prime areas are

Communication and Language

Physical Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The four specific areas are:



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design

A booklet has been produced by Action for Children for parents & carers with children in the Foundation Stage called 'What to expect, when?'. The purpose of the 'What to expect, when?' booklet is to help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS. Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time. This booklet has been written to help you as a parent know what to expect during these vitally important years by focusing on the seven areas of learning and development which are covered in the EYFS. To read the booklet and find out more about your child's development, please read it here.