Wigton Infant School

Foundation Stage

We believe that the environment our Reception children work in each day plays a key role in supporting and extending their development and learning. A great deal of time and effort is spent ensuring that the classroom is a  stimulating place to be.


Our children are also given lots of opportunity to work outside.


Our classrooms are divided into areas. Below you can see examples of our classroom spaces.


We offer experiences that allow children to learn through and develop the characteristics of learning. There are 3 characteristics of effective learning:

Playing and Exploring- Children are encouraged to be curious and to investigate and experience things. A stimulating environment is vital to ensure that this area of learning is maximised to its full potential.

 Active Learning- It is important that children develop their ability to concentrate and are keen to keep on trying if they encounter difficulties.

Creating and thinking critically- We want children to have their own ideas, be able to make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.

Our Curriculum for Early Years Foundation Stage is centred on the three prime, and four specific areas of learning and development from the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum guidance. Below is a brief overview of the key skills that each area of learning will address.

Prime Areas

  • Communication and language development: This area involves listening and attention, understanding and speaking. Your child will be encouraged to communicate confidently and clearly, speaking and listening in different situations and for different purposes. 

  • Physical development:  We  provide opportunities for children to be active and to develop their  co-ordination, control, and movement. We  also help children to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

  • Personal, social and emotional development:  We  help children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others and to form positive relationships and develop respect for others. We  help children develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour and have confidence in their own abilities.

Specific Areas

  • Literacy development: Phonic knowledge and application are embedded throughout learning of reading and writing. Children participate in daily phonic sessions following the Read Write Inc phonics scheme. Children have access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest and we enjoy at least one story time together each day.
  • Mathematics:  We provide children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and describing shapes, spaces, and measures.
  • Understanding the world: Your child will be encouraged to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
  • Expressive arts and design:  We enable children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. It is important to allow children to be creative and express themselves in their own way.