The Foundation Stage Curriculum
The Foundation Stage is the phase of the school that includes the Nursery and Reception classes.
All schools follow the Early Years Statutory Framework which you can see here:
LITERACY, COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE, MATHEMATICS
PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT, PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD
EXPRESSIVE ARTS AND DESIGN
At Riverside Literacy (including phonics and communication and language) and Mathematics are taught every day. We consider these areas to be fundamental to all learning and life skills and therefore need special attention, consistent reinforcement and direct teaching.
Expressive Arts and Design, Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Physical Development are taught and discussed regularly throughout the school week and are incorporated in topics that are learnt each term.
Understanding The World is the basis for the topics that are investigated each term.
Reading and Phonics
Time for reading and listening to stories is a key feature at Riverside every day. These are times when we can read our favourite books and find new favourites. We do have the Oxford Reading Tree scheme in school but this is not the only books we read – we just like to hear what Biff, Chip and Kipper are up to…not forgetting Floppy!
Baseline Assessment will be completed on entry to the Reception Year, in line with statutory requirements.
At the end of the Reception Year statutory assessments are completed for every child in school – these are not tests; they are teacher assessments made by the people who know them best in school – their class teacher.
We are very lucky to live in an exciting part of London that has so many amazing resources for us to use to make our learning interesting and fun. Planned visits are part of what we do, visiting places of interest while learning new skills; being so close to the River Thames means just a walk to the end of the road can launch a whole new discovery experience.
While there is a separate curriculum for the Foundation Stage, at Riverside the Nursery and Reception Classes are not separate and are part of the whole school. They have Reading and Maths practice (Mathletics) to work on at home as well as any remote learning should it be necessary. Pupils attend assemblies, participate in performances, join in with workshops and are expected to represent Riverside in and out of school the same as all other pupils and uphold the school’s ethos and values.