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St Giles Academy

'Success and happiness for every child'

We seek to inspire greatness in every child and to equip them with the outcomes, life skills and personal attributes to lead successful, happy and safe lives.

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Welcome to Foundation Stage


In our foundation stage we have two Reception classes - Dragonfly Class and Butterfly Class.



Important Information:

The single most important way you can support your child’s education is to ensure they are in school, on time, EVERY DAY. 


Class Dojo:

We use Class Dojo as a communication tool for all parents and carers to keep up with all relevant information and daily class updates. 



Tapestry is an online journal we use to document the children's learning, especially their WOW moments in School! Parents are able to view this online and also contribute with photos or videos of their child whilst at home.

Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum:

Personal, Social and Emotional

In Reception, we encourage children to develop their self confidence and self awareness by listening to others and talking about themselves and their interests. Relationships with adults and peers are supported to enable children to learn how to understand their own feelings and those of others. This will enable to children to manage emotions, develop a sense of self and encourage them to have confidence in their own abilities as well as become independent to set themselves simple goals. Through circle times, the children will learn how to look after their bodies, including healthy easing and manage personal needs independently.


Communication and Language

Throughout child initiated play there is a language-rich environment. Staff and children build upon language through discussions and conversations throughout the day. Staff ask comments are asked on what the children are interested in or doing, echoing back what they have said with new vocabulary and building upon children's language. Children also have opportunities to engage actively in stories, non-fiction and rhymes during story times and circle times. Through conversation, story-telling and role play, children share their ideas with support and modelling from staff. Lots of open-ended questions are asked to encourage children to elaborate. We have word of the week to support and enhance children's vocabulary.


Physical Development

Our outdoor provision is a large, open space which provides opportunities for children to develop their core strength, stability, balance, spatial awareness, co-ordination and agility. Children have access to our large climbing frame, balancing equipment, bikes and scooters. Through discussions and circle times, discussions around developing healthy bodies and social and emotional well-being is discussed. Synergy Coaching lead a P.E. session weekly to support gross motor skills alongside the provision. Within the indoor provision, there are various opportunities to explore and play to support fine motor control such as; puzzles, threading, small world activities, practice of using small tools, creative crafts. With the support from staff alongside the activities, it allows children to develop control, confidence and proficiency.




Children are taught phonics using the Read Write Inc. Phonics scheme. Phonics teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step.

Children are taught synthetic phonics in a set order and will revist sounds and learn to use these to blend to make a word. They learn to read a mixture of green and red words. Green words you are able to sound out and blend. Red words you can not. 

Children are regularly assessed on their phonic knowledge and progress through the Read Write Inc scheme. 

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Story time will occur daily to develop a love of reading!


In Reception, there are lots of opportunities to practise their writing skills in the provision. From shopping lists in the role play area, vet reports in the small world area, book reviews in the reading area to labelling animals in the investigation area. Alongside opportunities in the provision, we also teach Literacy every day through a text to support articulating ideas and structuring them in speech. Children then access an adult led writing activity every week to develop their writing skills based on the text.



In Maths lessons we follow the scheme 'White Rose Maths'. Children take part in daily maths sessions where they will be given opportunities to count confidently and develop a deep understanding of numbers to 10, the relationships between them and the patterns within those numbers. During maths sessions and child initiated play there are rich opportunities for children to develop their reasoning skills of all areas of maths. Indoor and outdoor provision creates opportunities for children to build and apply their understanding - such as using pebbles and ten frame to count. Through discussions children are encouraged to talk about what they have noticed, not be afraid to make mistakes, spot connections or patterns and 'have a go'.


Understanding the World

In our provision we promote and encourage children's personal experiences and new experiences. We visit Rand Farm Park each year at Christmas, we have visits from police officers, paramedics and firefighters. Role play outfits are available throughout child initiated play for children to take on a role of their chosen profession. Through our range of texts, children will listen to a broad range of books to develop their understanding of our world. Through the texts it enables children's vocabulary to widen. Small world and role play areas are also set up to support children's understanding and vocabulary.


Expressive Arts & Design

In our creative and small world area there are lots of opportunities to engage and explore with a wide range of media and materials. Children can create their own artwork, characters, puppets, build their own house or farm. Daily, the children will encounter opportunities to role play, paint, draw, make music, sing, dance and be imaginative.