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In the Foundation Stage we learn through play.  We access the seven areas of learning.


Prime Areas

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

Physical Development (PD)

Communication and Language (CL)


Specific Areas


Mathematics (including Shape, Space and Measure)

Understanding the World (UW)

Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)


Throughout F2 we assess the children against Development Matters. At the end of F2 we assess the children against the seven Early Learning Goals where their progress will be Emerging, Expected or Exceeding.

Talk for Writing

At Westwood our children are taught using the Talk for Writing scheme.  Talk for Writing is powerful because it is based on the principles of how children learn.  The movement from imitation to innovation to independent application is adapted to suit the need of learners at any age.


Throughout the school year we will look at a wide variety of books covering a number of different genres, ensuring that our children are exposed to and enjoy as many books as possible.



At Westwood we follow the 'White Rose' scheme of work for maths.  White Rose maths promotes a love of mathematics through a wide range of activities - we then extend this learning through the Continuous Provision within the classroom.



A key focus for our children is the teaching and learning of Phonics.  Our Reception children undertake a 15 minute Phonics session each morning (and sometimes an additional one in the afternoon) through a variety of teaching including small group sessions, one to one activities and interactive lessons.  The children's reading books are linked to their understanding of Phonics and provide an opportunity for them to identify and read sounds that they have learnt.  The children are taught the letter name and the sound it makes.


Phase 1

This is all about speaking and listening skills.  The children begin to adopt these skills within the Nursery environment - singing songs and rhymes heavily support development at this stage.


Phase 2

s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, o, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, l, ll, ss

These sounds are used together to create simple, short words for the children to decode.


Phase 3

j, v, w, x, y, z, zz, qu, ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, igh

oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure

By the end of Phase 3 children should recognise these sounds and be able to read words containing these phonemes.  This will support reading progression.


If you would like to help your child at home with learning Phonics, please speak to Mrs Armstrong.