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The Foundation Stage



Here at Buswells Lodge we believe that the children learn through their play. We encourage the children to use the skills that they have learnt from the adult sessions in their own play. They are set challenges around the classroom but are also able to select and use the resources independently and decide which way to take their learning. The adults then develop and extend the child's learning through their own interests.


We ensure that the children have a welcoming environment which is accesible to all and where the children feel safe and valued.

Foundation Stage Policy

Foundation Stage 1


In Foundation Stage 1 class we follow a planned theme following the Cornerstones approach. Each topic lasts for a half term. This is interspersed with any relevant celebrations or festivals.


These themes cover all of the areas set out in the Early Learning Goals.

Foundation Stage 2


As with Foundation Stage 1, Foundation Stage 2 are following the Cornerstones approach which follows a topic based approach. Each topic last for a half term. These are also interspersed with any relevant celebrations or festivals. 


The planning reflects the requirements of the Early Learning Goals, as set out in the DfE Statutory Requires of the Early Years Foundation Stage document March 2014.

Please find below the topics that will be covered each term and the trips and/or experiences related to them.

Please see the individual class pages for more information.