Starting Foundation at Kirk Ella St Andrew’s

Children in our classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and much of the teaching and learning is done through play based and child initiated activities both inside and outdoors.

Taking the children’s interests as a starting point, the teachers plan a variety of activities designed to develop and extend children’s learning and understanding.

Our curriculum enables us to tailor the education of each child by identifying and planning for their next steps of development through both the prime and the specific areas of learning.

The prime areas are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

The specific areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

We record children’s learning in a variety of ways including individual writing books, reading records, maths books, topic folders and learning journeys which may include photographs, observations and samples of work, both independent and teacher led. All of these are collated onto our online tool to enable parents to see and make their own observations. Parents are encouraged to contribute and share in their child’s education.


We have made a video for our new children to see what it is like in our school as a pupil.