Early Years / Foundation Pathway

Early Years Foundation Stage/Foundation Pathway (Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1)


Students in these age groups will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. There are 7 areas of learning and development, which are all connected and interdependent.

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


Characteristics of Effective Learning

Throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage, staff reflect on the different ways in which children in their earliest stages of development learn.

These are:

  • playing and exploring – children investigate, experience and “have a go”
  • active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, enjoy achievements and
  • creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas and develop strategies for doing things.


Our Impact – How we Know that our Students are Making Progress

Students in Nursery will attend for a period of approximately 12 weeks for a period of observation and assessment. The function of the Nursery is to create an accurate picture of each student’s individual strengths and difficulties in order to recommend appropriate placements and levels of support in Year R. Development will be assessed using Development Matters.

Students in Year R will be observed and assessed during the first term in school to provide a baseline assessment using Development Matters. Progress meetings in terms 2 and 4 will set and review end of year expectations.

Progress for students in Years 1 and 2 will be measured using Development Matters. Other indicators of progress will be therapy goals, EHCP goals and MOVE goals where appropriate.