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What Will My Child Be Taught?

The Foundation Stage is what the government calls a child’s educational stage from age 3 to the end of Reception Class (the first stage of primary school). The education covers 6 areas:

Personal, social and emotional development

– including learning to be self-confident, to take an interest in things, to tell the difference between right and wrong and to be able to dress, and undress, themselves.

Communication, language and literacy

– talking clearly and confidently, enjoying stories, songs and poems, hearing and saying sounds and linking them to the alphabet, learning to use a pencil.

Mathematical development

– developing an understanding of maths through stories, songs, games and imaginative play; becoming confident with numbers and with ideas like ‘heavier than’ or ‘bigger than’; gaining an awareness of shapes and space.

Knowledge and understanding of the world

– exploring and finding out about the world and asking questions about it; building with different materials and knowing about everyday technology such as batteries, magnets and lamps and what they are used for; finding out about past events in their own lives and their families’ lives; learning about different cultures and beliefs.

Physical development

– learning to move confidently; controlling their body and handling equipment.

Creative development

– exploring colours and shapes; learning to dance; creating artwork; telling stories and making music.

There are targets for each of these areas. It may seem as if your child is too young to be faced with all this, but most of the learning will be done through structured play and should be appropriate for your child’s age and development.