About Our School - Foundation Stage

The Foundation Stage encompasses both Nursery and Reception.

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Children in our Nursery and Reception classes have fantastic facilities for both indoor and outdoor learning. We have spacious and stimulating classrooms and outside areas that the children use throughout the school day.

The Foundation Stage Curriculum

Our Foundation Stage follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Guidance. This curriculum is organised into six areas of learning:

  1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development, in particular how children work, play and co-operate with others.
  2. Communication, Language and Literacy, Speaking and Listening, reading a range of simple texts and writing for a variety of purposes.
  3. Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy: counting, sorting, matching, seeking patterns and working with numbers, shapes, spaces and measures.
  4. Knowledge and Understanding of the World: developing the skills, knowledge and understanding that help them to make sense of their world.
  5. Physical Development: progression in physical control, mobility, awareness of space and manipulative skills.
  6. Creative Development: developing children’s imagination and their ability to communicate and to express their ideas in creative ways.

Foundation Stage - Nursery

With its tremendous outdoor and indoor facilities, our nursery offers an excellent start to your child’s education at CPFI.

Admissions

Offers of nursery places are sent directly from the Education department in the term before your child is due to start. Once you have confirmed in writing that you still require this place, your details will be forwarded to the school. You will then be informed by the school as to your child’s starting date. You will also be told whether your child will attend the morning or afternoon session. Your child will have the opportunity to visit the nursery prior to starting in September.

Sessions

There are two Nursery sessions each day. The morning session starts at 8.45am and finishes at 11.45am and the afternoon session starts at 12.15pm and finishes at 3.15pm. Each session is supervised by a fully qualified teacher and senior teaching assistant, giving a ratio of 1 adult to 13 children.

Clothing

Children wear a school uniform of jogging bottoms, t-shirt, pinafore or dress and should always have an outdoor coat available. All items need to be named and can be purchased from the school suppliers or any high street store. All clothing, including shoes (trainers are best), should be practical and hard-wearing! Children do occasionally get messy even with an apron on! Jewellery other than stud earrings should not be worn to school.

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Foundation Stage – Reception

In Reception, children continue their Foundation Stage education.
Walk into any of our four reception classes and you will expect to find children engaged in a fantastic range of stimulating, child-centred learning activities. We have excellent indoor and outdoor spaces which are all linked to encourage free-flow, allowing children to interact and enjoy a broad range of activities.

Admissions

We have 105 places in our reception shared between four classes. All children need to apply for a reception place regardless of previous pre-school education. Offers of reception places are sent directly from the Education department in the term before your child is due to start. Once you have confirmed in writing that you still require this place, your details will be forwarded to the school. You will then be informed by the school as to your child’s starting date. Your child will have the opportunity to visit the school prior to starting in September.

Clothing

Children wear full school uniform and should always have an outdoor coat available. PE kits including t-shirts, shorts, tracksuit and plimsolls should be left in school at all times. All items need to be named. All clothing, including shoes should be practical and hard-wearing! Jewellery other than stud earrings should not be worn to school.