Foundation Stage Curriculum


Our aim in the Reception classes is to ensure that the children have a happy and positive start to their life at South Cave Primary School.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Guidance and plan across all areas of the curriculum, both inside and outside the classroom.

There are three Prime areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage and four Specific areas, all of which are interrelated and equally important.

Prime Areas of Learning

Communication and Language

This prime area involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations. This area of development is included in all other areas of learning.

Physical Development

Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to increase their co-ordination, control, and movement. It includes developing gross-motor skills; hopping, skipping, jumping and climbing as well as fine-motor skills such as using scissors and other tools safely and holding pencils comfortably to write correctly formed letters. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form good relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.                                    


Specific Areas of Learning


Phonics is taught daily as it is an integral part of development in Literacy and involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters to help them begin to read and write.  Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest.


Children are also involved in daily Mathematics activities. They are provided with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to explore shapes, spaces and measures.

Understanding the World

This area of learning involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive Arts and Design

We enable children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.


Curriculum Overview 2015 - 2016