The ethos of the school places appropriate emphasis on high expectations for education and care. We aim for each child to fully achieve his/her full potential in a supportive and positive environment. The policy of the school is to provide an education that is broad and balanced and encourages the development of the whole child.
‘Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.’ (Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2014)
To fulfil the requirements of the Foundation Stage Curriculum at Christ Church Infant School & Nursery a carefully planned range of practical and structured activities are provided in Nursery and Reception. There is a strong emphasis on learning through play, both child initiated and planned play. The curriculum is delivered through a combination of whole class, adult led focussed activities and child initiated activities. We value the use of the outdoor environment and aim to provide effective practice both indoors and out providing opportunities for children in meaningful, engaging experiences that support their development in all 7 areas of the curriculum. Care is taken when planning activities to build in challenges which will move on the children’s learning enabling them to attain the early learning goals by the end of the Foundation Stage.
There are 7 areas of learning and development, 3 prime areas and 4 specific areas with 3 characteristics of learning.
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Characteristics of effective learning
Playing and Exploring
Creating and Thinking Critically
Two Year Topic Overview for the Foundation Stage
People Who Help Us
Phonics in the Foundation Stage
Phonics is the knowledge of letters and the sounds they make. At Christ Church Infant School & Nursery phonics is taught through the Read, Write, Inc programme.
Differentiated phonic work will then be set during the week to support the phase the children are working at. The pupils receive 15-20 minutes focused phonics teaching each day.
In Reception all children will have the opportunity to undertake our Forest School activities. The experiences are run by members of the Christ Church staff that are fully qualified Forest School leaders. If you have any questions please don't hesitate in asking one of the Forest School team.
You can find our half termly newsletters giving you information about what the children will be doing in each area of learning, on the Curriculum Newsletter page.