What is the Foundation Phase?The Foundation Phase curriculum is a progressive framework that spans four years (children aged 3 to 7 years). The Foundation Phase is about enhancing the learning experiences which enable children to be creative, imaginative and to have fun whilst learning. Children will be given more opportunitites to explore the world around them and to understand how things work through engaging in relevant practical activities which are fun and enjoyable and relevant to their developmental stages.
The Seven Areas of Learning
The Foundation Phase has seven Areas of Learning, where stimulating structured play activities can be woven into the learning experiences. The curriculum is built around these seven areas to support and encourage your child's personal, social, emotional, physical and intellectual well-being and development.
Personal and social development, well-being and cultural diversity
This Area of Learning focuses on children learning about themselves, their relationships with other children and adults. They are encouraged to develop their self-esteem, their personal beliefs and moral values. The Foundation Phase supports the cultural identity of all children, to celebrate different cultures and help children recognise and gain an awareness of their own and other cultures. Children are supported in becoming confident, competent and independent thinkers and learners.
Language, literacy and communication skills
This Area of Learning focuses on children being immersed in language experiences and activities. Their skills develop through talking, signing/communicating and listening. They are encouraged to communicate their needs, feelings and thoughts and retell experiences. Some children will communicate by means other than speech. Children refer to their intentions by asking questions, voicing/expressing opinions, reacting to situations and making choices through a variety of media. They are encouraged to listen and respond to others. They have opportunities to choose and use reading materials, understand conventions of print and books, and are given a wide range of opportunities to enjoy mark making and writing experience.
This Area of Learning focuses on children developing their skills, knowledge and understanding of mathematics by solving problems. They use numbers in their daily activities and develop a range of flexible methods for working mentally with number. In order to solve problems from a variety of contexts, moving onto using more formal methods of working and recording when they are developmentally ready. They investigate the properties of shape and sort, match, sequence and compare objects and create simple patterns and relationships. They use appropriate mathematical language to explain their reasoning and present their work in a variety of ways using objects, pictures, diagrams, words, symbols and ICT.