Early years - St Matthew Academy

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Early years

The Foundation Stage

The Foundation Stage of the Academy consists of the 2 Reception classes. Children follow a learning day based on the Early Learning Goals which provide a seamless link to Years 1 and 2.The Early Learning Goals cover the following areas and aim to develop the whole child at a pace that is suitable for each:

  • Citizenship including personal, social and emotional development 
  • Communication, language and literacy 
  • Mathematical development 
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world 
  • Physical development 
  • Creative development
  • Spiritual development and RE

Through well-planned, enjoyable and challenging play, the children will learn about teamwork, decision-making, problem-solving and communication. They will be supported in making friends and will learn about care, respect and consideration for others. In Reception the early elements of reading and writing and developing phonics will be further introduced. Mathematics will focus on number to provide a strong foundation for entry into Year 1. In the early days of schooling, parental involvement is essential and parents are welcome.