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Foundation Stage

The Foundation Stage makes a crucial contribution to children’s early development and learning.  We provide children with a rich variety of teaching and learning experiences that are appropriate to their needs.  The Foundation Stage is about developing key learning skills, such as listening, speaking, concentrating, persistence and learning to work and co-operate with others.


The curriculum for the Foundation Stage is organised into seven key areas of learning.  They are:
The Prime Areas

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

and the Specific Areas;

  • Mathematics;                                                              
  • Understanding the World;
  • Literacy ;
  • Expressive Arts and Design.


While these seven areas provide a framework for the Early Years’ curriculum, young children’s learning does not easily divide up into distinct areas.  A particular experience may develop learning over several of the seven areas at any one time.  All areas are delivered through a balance of adult led and child initiated activities.

At Salisbury Road Primary School we recognise that the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending the children’s development. We aim to create an attractive, welcoming and stimulating learning environment which will encourage children to explore, investigate and learn through first-hand experience.  We also aim to make it a place where children feel secure and confident, and are challenged to develop their independence. Activities are planned for both the inside and outside environment. Children have the freedom to move between the indoor and outdoor classroom throughout the school day.