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Foundation Phase


Here are the learning areas and skills within these areas which your child will be experiencing during Nursery and Reception

Personal and Social Development, Well – Being and Cultural Diversity.

In this area of learning the main skills are:-

  • personal hygiene
  • self help / independence skills
  • self confidence
  • healthy eating habits
  • positive attitudes towards learning
  • concentration and perseverance (increasing as children mature)
  • an awareness of and appropriate expression of feelings
  • appropriate behaviour for different situations and to respond to reason
  • a growing awareness of and respect for the needs of others
  • a growing understanding that all living things should be cared for and treated with respect
  • a growing understanding of the similarities and differences between themselves and their peers, and recognising cultural differences and diversity

Language, Literacy and Communication Skills

In this area of learning the main skills are:-

  • to listen and respond to the words of others
  • to speak with increasing clarity
  • to talk using lengthening phrases and sentences
  • to use increasing and appropriate vocabulary and to include details that are relevant to the listener
  • to show interest in rhymes, poems, stories, books and the printed word
  • to handle books appropriately and with interest
  • to begin to hear letter sounds
  • to experiment with mark making (writing) tools
  • to develop control when using pencils and other mark making tools
  • to develop early writing skills using a preferred hand
  • to begin to recognise the alphabetic nature of reading and writing, and understands that written symbols have sounds and meaning
  • to begin to form letters appropriately and write their name correctly
  • to learn all of the letter sounds in the English language and begin to use knowledge of letters and sound-symbol relationships to read and write words and to establish meaning

Mathematical Development

In this area of learning the main skills are:-

  • to sort and match
  • to say the numbers 1 – 10+
  • to count up to 5 or more objects reliably
  • to recognise numbers 0 – 5 or more
  • to use simple mathematical language during play
  • to understand the concept of 1 more
  • to compare and begin to order objects by size, weight, capacity etc.
  • to have a basic knowledge of shape, position, pattern, money and time
  • to create simple repeating patterns and sequences
  • to create their own sets of objects, recognising when an object does not fit
  • to count forwards and backwards to 20
  • to recognise, write and understand the concept of numbers 0 – 10+
  • to develop simple addition techniques to add numbers 1 – 5+
  • to understand the concept of ‘one less’

Welsh Language Development

Within this area of learning the main objectives are to introduce and develop the pupils’ awareness of the Welsh language and culture through songs, symbols and books as well as by using and understanding simple Welsh phrases. Also to begin to understand that Welsh can be written and read. We will learn about colours, foods, clothes, feelings and daily activities.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Within this area of learning pupils are encouraged to explore and investigate their immediate environment and the living world, to find out how it works and to ask questions, why? what? what if? when? to communicate their ideas and findings to others. They will take part in simple investigations and observations in order to find out the answers to their questions. They become familiar with different times of the day and begin to develop a sense of time passing. They will become aware of their immediate environment and how it can change over time.

Creative Development

Within this area of learning pupils are encouraged to express themselves freely, using their senses, imagination and experiences in order to make choices within art, craft and design activities. Within music children are encouraged to explore different sounds and instruments, listen to different types of music as well as singing songs. Within movement and role play different moods and feelings are explored.

Physical Development

Within this area of learning pupils are developing control over large and small body movements and using large apparatus safely. They handle small tools,( pencils, brushes, scissors etc) and apparatus (balls, hoops) with increasing control. They begin to develop the concept of position and use positional vocabulary appropriately. Later children will begin to develop specific gymnastic skills.

Here are the learning areas and skills within these areas which your child will be experiencing during Year 1 and Year 2.

Personal and Social Development, Well – Being and Cultural Diversity.
In this area of learning the main skills are:-

  • personal hygiene
  • self help / independence skills
  • self confidence
  • healthy eating habits
  • positive attitudes towards learning
  • concentration and perseverance (increasing as children mature)
  • recognise and expression own feelings appropriately.
  • appropriate behaviour for different situations and to respond to reason.
  • respecting others and valuing their achievements.
  • a growing understanding that all living things should be cared for and treated with respect
  • a growing understanding that people have different preferences, views and beliefs and is developing an understanding of how he/ she should relate to others morally and ethically.

Language, Literacy and Communication Skills

In this area of learning the main skills are:-

  • to use listening skills to listen carefully, and respond to a wider range of stimuli.
  • is beginning to realise that there is variety in the language he/ she hears.
  • to speak clearly, with increasing confidence, and begin to use a growing vocabulary.
  • a growing ability to modify own talk to the requirements of the audience, varying the use of vocabulary and the level of detail.
  • shows understanding and expresses opinions about major events or ideas in stories, poems and non-fiction
  • developing ability to read simple texts accurately.
  • uses a range of strategies when reading unfamiliar words and establishing meaning.
  • communicate meaning in writing.
  • to develop formation of letters so that they are usually clearly shaped and correctly orientated.
  • is beginning to spell simple words correctly, and where there are inaccuracies the alternative is phonetically plausible.
  • is beginning to develop ideas in a sequence of connected sentences, and uses capital letters and full stops with some degree of consistency.

Mathematical Development

In this area of learning the main skills are:-

  • to sort and match.
  • to read and write numbers up to 10.
  • to start to order numbers up to 100.
  • to recognise sequences of numbers.
  • to choose the appropriate operation when solving addition or subtraction problems.
  • to begin to use everyday non-standard and standard units to measure length and mass.
  • after gathering information, starts to record own results in simple lists, tables, diagrams and block graphs.
  • use everyday language to compare and describe positions and properties of regular shapes, and to discuss own work.
  • to have a basic knowledge of shape, position, pattern, money and time.
  • to use mathematics as an integral part of classroom activities.
  • sort and classify objects.
  • use mathematics in day-to-day activities and in own play.
  • start to identify and uses halves and quarters in practical situations.

Welsh Language Development

Within this area of learning the main objectives are to introduce and develop the pupils’ awareness of the Welsh language and culture through songs, symbols and books as well as by using and understanding simple Welsh phrases. In addition they will begin to recognise the alphabetic nature of reading and writing in welsh. We will learn to introduce ourselves and talk about; the body, foods, clothes, feelings and conduct some of our daily activities through the medium of welsh.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Within this area of learning pupils are encouraged to explore and investigate their immediate environment and the living world, to find out how it works and to ask questions, why? what? what if? when? to communicate their ideas and findings to others. They will take part in investigations and observations in order to find out the answers to their questions They will communicate their observations and knowledge and understanding of different localities through describing natural and human features, and recognising how some change. They will develop an awareness of the distinction between present and past in their own life and other people’s lives.

Creative Development

Within this area of learning pupils are encouraged to express themselves freely, using their senses, imagination and experiences in order to make choices within art, craft and design activities. Within music children are encouraged to explore different sounds and instruments, listen to different types of music as well as singing songs. Within movement and role play different moods and feelings are explored.

Physical Development

Within this area of learning pupils are developing control over large and small body movements. They are exploring different activities, and are beginning to move with increasing confidence and physical control. They are becoming stronger and more agile and are using the basic actions of travel, jump and land, balance and stillness in his/her own play and gymnastic activities. They handle small tools,( pencils, brushes, scissors etc) and apparatus (balls, hoop) with increasing good control.