Early Years Foundation

Our Nursery and Reception classes are based in our purpose built Foundation unit with its own outdoor learning area.  Children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which is about developing key skills such as listening, speaking, concentrating, creativity and learning to work and co-operate with others.

The Foundation Stage curriculum is made up of three prime areas of learning and four specific areas as well as three characteristics of effective learning.

Prime Areas:

  • Personal and Social Development
  • Communication, Language and Literacy
  • Physical Development

Specific Areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematical Development
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  • Creative Development

Characteristics of Effective Learning:

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically

All these features of the curriculum are also incorporated into the Jewish Studies and Ivrit lessons, which are taught by specialist teachers.  Additionally, we have music sessions and PE lessons that are also led by specialist teachers.

Educational visitors and outings are organised for both classes where relevant.

Homework is sent home in Reception and comprises of reading practise and weekly activities to support handwriting, phonics and early maths skills.

Assessment in the Early Years follows the national guidelines. All children are assessed on entry into their class to provide a baseline assessment and at the end of Reception, the children are given an Early Years Profile which judges whether they are emerging, have met or are exceeding in all the areas of the curriculum.

At MMK, the Early Years curriculum is delivered through a balance of adult led and child initiated activities. The learning environment, both inside and out, is carefully planned for, well organised and well-resourced for the children to have rich and stimulating experiences. It provides a structure for teaching which enables the children to explore, experiment, plan and make their own decisions for themselves  to enhance and develop their learning.