Early Years The learning journey for 3-5 year olds (Nursery and Reception)

Foundation Stage

Children learn by exploring the world using all of their senses, developing language skills and understanding of early mathematic concepts; being creative; and being actively involved in activities using all of their bodies. Children are encouraged to be independent, confident, self-disciplined and socially aware.

The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum covers seven areas of learning:

              • Personal, Social and Emotional Developmen
              • Physical Development
              • Communication and Language
              • Literacy
              • Mathematics
              • Understanding of the World
              • Expressive Arts and Design

Activities in our Nursery and Reception classes are planned to provide a wide range of interactive experiences which form a foundation for future learning. The knowledge and skills gained will vary from child to child. Our aim is to treat each child as an individual and our activities are planned accordingly. Across each session there is a combination of adult led and child led learning activities, based on the above seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, with clear progression and challenge from Nursery to Reception. Children can access activities in both the indoor and outdoor areas. During the morning and afternoon the children come together for group learning sessions led by their teacher.

Phonics and Reading

At Hampton Wick Infant and Nursery School systematic synthetic phonics is taught through Letters and Sounds.  Children are taught phonics in their class groups with their class teachers and may also complete phonics activities in small groups.  Phonics is a key part in children learning to read and children are encouraged to use their sounds as a first strategy.  We do not use a formal scheme for reading, but a rich mixture of “real” books as well as phonetically decodable books from publishers such as Collins.

If you would like more information about our curriculum please ask your child’s class teacher or email the school.