Foundation Stage Curriculum

Structured Play

The Park School offers a broad and balanced Foundation Stage curriculum for its youngest pupils, which is based upon the Early Learning Goals and the six areas of learning.  All children are given equal access and opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills in:

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

All children learn through play with a mixture of child initiated and teacher led learning opportunities.  Learning takes place both indoors and outdoors.

The School’s Saplings programme is planned on a two-year basis in the Nursery and Reception classes.   Different topics are introduced which the children explore through a variety of mediums, including books, art, drama, music, ICT, crafts and model making. The School gradually introduces synthetic phonics and the basics of literacy are taught daily through a structured reading scheme. Numeracy is introduced through different activities, such as counting games, weighing activities and measuring, and is also taught daily.  All children are encouraged to participate in dance, music and sport.  All children are gradually introduced to the principles of writing, and to the use of computers. At the end of a two year period the children are enthusiastic and confident learners, who are ready for the more structured, less play-based, environment of Year 1.

Outdoor Learning

All children are encouraged to play in their dedicated, secure outdoor space during morning and afternoon breaks, except in the worst weather. The outdoor space is also used for supervised activities, involving playing with water, sand and some ball games. Saplings children are encouraged to plant and grow their own seeds.  The School has secure grounds and children are regularly taken, in supervised groups, inside the School grounds to learn about the seasons of the year, by collecting autumn leaves, observing insects etc.

Forest School

Our Forest School Programme aims to take the classroom outside into our wonderful environment at our Chilton Cantelo site.

Children learn about their environment and develop practical skills, while enhancing their knowledge and skills in cross curricular activities involving subjects such as  Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Humanities and the Arts.

The children also learn to develop skills working in a group situation and develop a respect for their environment which they share with other living things.

Older Prep School children will learn how to use tools safely for cutting and shaping wood as well as how to prepare a camp fire.

Extra Curricular Activity

After 3.30pm children are looked after in late room where they enjoy a range of activities including gardening, arts and crafts or enjoy relaxing with a dvd, stories or quiet play for those children that are needing a rest.