Early years foundation stage

Pre- Nursery (2-3), Nursery (3-4) and Reception (4-5)

In Early Years at Dallington School, the children follow a curriculum clearly linked to the English Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Using the Early Years Foundation Stage as our framework, we promote learning in all seven areas of the curriculum in a dynamic and differenciated way. The three prime areas are consistently visited throughout the day and support development in the other four specific areas. 

The Prime Areas are:

Personal, Social and Emotional development – Making relationships, self-confidence and self-awareness and managing feelings and behaviour.

Physical Development – Moving and handling and health and self-care

Communication and Language – Listening and attention, understanding and speaking

The Specific Areas are: 

Literacy – Reading and writing

Mathematics – Number, shape, space and measure

Understanding the World – People and communities, the world and technology

Expressive Arts and Design – Exploring and using media and materials and being imaginative 

In Dallington School we use a broad range of methodologies, being -based approach, with continuous observations forming the main part of assessment. Children spend much of their time exploring and learning through play, both indoors and outdoors. Children also have teacher-directed tasks and from Nursery onwards daily phonics, maths, and storytelling activities. 

In order to track our pupil’s progress we use continuous observations. This is a fundamental aspect of the assessment and planning cycle and provides the base for reflection on every childs’ next steps. 

Children start the third language, French, in Reception (4 years old) with a French native teacher. Music is taught by specialist teachers, Suzuki method based, with the violin as the main instrument, from Nursery (3 years old) until the end of Primary.

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