Foundation Stage Curriculum

At St. Philip Neri with St. Bede, we believe that all children deserve the best start to their education. Each school day should be rich in wonder and memorable experiences, which allows every child’s natural creativity and curiosity to flourish, alongside the purposeful acquisition of skills and knowledge. It is our belief that through providing an education that does all of this, we give our children the best chance to become well-rounded, happy individuals, ready to succeed in an ever-advancing and changing world.

Our Foundation Stage staff team recognise the importance of giving our children the best possible start to their education by planning and implementing teaching & learning opportunities that supports them in reaching their full potential. We know that our children enter the Nursery and Reception classes with varied life experiences and we aim to plan teaching and learning opportunities accordingly to address this.

The Development Matters document along with the Foundation Stage Early Learning Goals set out end of Reception year expectations for children by the end of the Foundation Stage. St. Philip Neri with St. Bede recognises the crucial role that Early Years education has to play in providing firm foundations upon which the rest of a child’s education is successfully based.

It is our intention to provide, within the context of our Mission Statement, a broadly enriched, rounded and stimulating learning environment where children can work with adults and peers in a climate of mutual respect to develop. Here, we are truly able to put Christ at the Centre of Lives.

We aim to provide children, with a well-structured, safe, active learning environment both indoors and outdoors. This will enable them to develop the skills, attitudes and understanding that will form the basis of lifelong learning and encourage them to become useful, active members of a diverse and constantly changing society.

  • Confidence in their ability to learn.
  • The social skills necessary to learn.
  • The emotional capabilities to enable them to understand their feelings and to solve problems.
  • A unique child.