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Shipham Church of England First School

Early Years


The Curriculum


The Foundation Stage curriculum uses objective led planning to develop the whole child.

Topics vary throughout the year and are developed from quality texts, current themes and children’s interests.

There are 7 areas of learning within the Foundation Stage curriculum and these are all of equal importance.


The Prime Areas


    • Communication and language
    • Physical development
    • Personal, social and emotional development


Specific Areas


    • Literacy
    • Mathematics
    • Understanding the world
    • Expressive design


These areas are underpinned by the following principles:


    • Playing and exploring
    • Active learning
    • Creating and thinking critically




We continually assess the children’s learning through observations. These are documented as individual learning journeys for each child, through educational software called ‘Tapestry’. These online journals allow parents to follow and contribute to their child’s progress throughout their time in the Foundation Stage.


The Working Day


Our mornings start with table activities, which are followed by a check-in.
We have daily phonics, literacy and maths sessions. There will be time for children to break for fruit, milk and a story mid-morning.
We work in learning sessions throughout the day. These consist of adult led and self-sustained activities with additional groups learning through self-initiated play.
During the week children also have a PE session led by a qualified sports coach.
Our school day finishes with a sharing circle time/story/song.