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, Understanding 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 Transition Booklet that should answer any questions you may have.
Read Write Inc - Phonics in Reception
In Reception class we use a phonics teaching system known as 'Read Write Inc'. The children are taught in small groups matched to their ability to read and write with the help of their special friend Fred the Frog. We reguarly invite parents and carers in to school to come along to a Read Write Inc lesson so that you can understand how to best support their phonics at home.
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.
For Parents and Carers who would like to understand more about the Read Write Inc system please click this link for a comprehensive guide (including videos) of each aspect of the progression of teaching and learning.
Oxford Road Community School Facebook group
If you are a parent or carer of a child currently in our Foundation Stage you can join our closed Facebook group. Search Oxford Road Community School and you can request to join. Please note that we will need to be able to identify you by your profile picture and your name. You will also be asked the name of your child when joining the group. We hope this will be a supportive group for parents and carers of children in our school.