Foundation Curriculum

Nursery Autumn - Term 1

Reception Autumn - Term 1

The curriculum for children in the Foundation Stage is based on the government’s Foundation Stage Curriculum guidance Development Matters. It is divided into the following areas of learning:

Prime Areas

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development;
  • Physical Development;
  • Communication and Language.

Specific Areas

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Expressive Art and Design; 
  • Understanding the World

At the end of the Reception year, all children are assessed to see if they have met a set of early learning goals (ELG) in different areas of learning.  These will change for all schools from September 2022.

However, Oldbrook School has decided to become an early adopter school and from this year we will be using the new ELGs to assess children at the end of their Reception year.

Development Matters Guidance Document

Years 1 and 2

Year 1 - Term 1 - Percy The Park Keeper

Year 2 - Term 1 - Great Fire of London

The children study units of work in the following subjects:

Core Subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Foundation Subjects: Design and Technology [DT]
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art and Design
  • Music
  • Physical Education [PE]

Religious Education [RE] and Personal, Social and Health Education [PSHE] are also taught.

The creative curriculum is carefully planned, with reference to the National Curriculum. There is an overall yearly plan, which shows the content covered by each year group, each term. Schemes of Work give details of what is taught, teaching methods, resources and assessment arrangements. Teachers work in year group planning teams to produce detailed weekly plans, which show learning intentions and activities for each lesson.

Learning intentions are shared with children so that they know what they are doing and why. Children have targets so that they know what they need to do to improve.