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Our mission statement is “Learning to play …, playing to learn, ... learning to learn”, as we believe providing a happy, creative and secure environment inspires our pupils to explore, engage and learn. The Foundation Department recognises that by facilitating a safe, caring, happy community, where every child matters and feels nurtured, we can ‘Remove Obstacles and Enable Access to Learning’.
The Foundation department recognises and values the importance of the Early Years Foundation Stage approach, which is used to deliver an appropriate curriculum to pupils in our Nursery and Reception classes. Its developmental approach and ethos is embedded throughout our Department. The prime areas of learning cannot be taught in isolation and overlap with each other; they are equally important and depend on each other. The specific areas also interlink and are taught alongside the prime areas also in an overlapping way. All children need opportunities to play, learn and explore. A variety of approaches are used and vary according to each child’s learning needs and abilities; some will be supported by an adult, whereas others may be more child initiated and child led. There will come a time in the child’s development, where a more structured approach and an introduction to more ‘formal’ teaching will take place, in order to prepare them for the next step of their learning.