Oxford Road Community School


Children are born with a natural desire to explore and    learn and in our Foundation Stage at Oxford Road we      take our lead from what the children are interested in         at that moment. We employ a 'planning in the moment' approach to allow us to do this. Adults join the children in their play and look for the teachable moment where we can introduce new skills and support them on their unique learning journey.

Foundation Stage at the Oxford Road incorporates a morning nursery, afternoon nursery and Reception class. We welcome visitors to our setting so that you can see the nurturing environment we have created that meets the children's physical and emotional needs. If you visit Oxford Road you will see that our children are independent, purposeful and engaged.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework which outlines 7 areas of development.

The Prime Areas of learning are:

  • Communication and Language - Speaking, Undertsnading and Listening and Attention
  • Physical Development - Moving and Handling, Health and Self Care
  • Personal, Social and Emotional  Developmment - Managing feelings and behaviour, Self-confidence and Self awareness, Making relationships.

The Specific Areas of learning are:

  • Mathematics - Number, Shape, space and measure
  • Literacy - Reading and Writing
  • Understanding the World - People and Communities, The World, Technology
  • Expressive Arts and Design - Using media and materials, Being imaginative


For more information on children's development please follow the link to the very useful document What to expect, when. This includes the Early Learning Goals which reception age children work towards at the end of the academic year.

For more information about our  Foundation Stage, specificaly Reception class please follow the link to our Reception Booklet that should answer any questions you may have. 


Read Write Inc - Phonics in Reception

This week (week beginning 10th of September) all children in reception class will begin their Read Write Inc phonics lessons. The children will be taught in small groups to read and write the set 1 sounds with the help of their special friend Fred the Frog. Once the children have settled into their new routines and phonics groups we will be inviting parents and carers in to school to come along to a Read Write Inc lesson.

 We know that it can sometimes be tricky to know the sounds that different letters make so Eshal has, very kindly, stepped in to show us our set 1 sounds. 


Please keep up to date with what we are doing by visiting our Foundation Stage Blog and the news section on the website.