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Hillsborough Nursery & Primary School

Believe. Belong. Become.

Foundation Stage

At Hillsborough Primary School we intend our foundation stage curriculum to educate our children in knowledge, skills and understanding to be effective, inquisitive, curious, independent learners and influence their wider thinking across all areas of the curriculum. 


We wish our children to believe in themselves and their abilities and capabilities, to belong to the school learning community and the wider community and to become successful in their academic career and beyond.




Children experience learning through a balance of whole class/group teaching and play based learning. 


Children will work towards the 7 'Early Learning Goals':


Prime Areas:


  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

- Develop an interest and awareness of their environment.

- Develop positive self-image and meaningful relationships.

- Develop tolerance, respect, care and understanding of others and the environment.

- Acquire a sense of enjoyment and have a positive attitude to learning.

- Develop independence e.g dressing, toileting, washing, eating etc.


  • Communication and Language

- Listen carefully.

- Communicate with others confidently and with understanding.


  • Physical Development

Specific Areas:


  • Literacy

Reading is at the heart of our curriculum and we to encourage a love of reading right from the start. Children have access to a range of books that will develop their oracy, vocabulary and comprehension.


  • Phonics

We follow the Little Wandle programme. Children are encouraged to read at home and are listened to regularly in school. They are given books that match their phonic knowledge in order for them to apply their learning with the aim of becoming successful, confident and fluent readers.


  • Mathematics

Pupils learn through games and tasks. High quality teaching and learning supports children in their mathematical development. 


  • Wider Curriculum

Our wider curriculum is taught through the learning areas; ‘Understanding of the World’ and ‘Expressive Arts and Design.’

Exciting activities are planned to build on children’s natural curiosity. For example, building a boat for their favourite toy enables them to think like a ‘Scientist’ and ‘Engineer’ as they explore a range of materials and test out their own ideas.


How can I help my child with their learning and adjusting to school life? 


Please see below a number of resources for you to use to help your child, from establishing routines to help with curriculum areas.



How to find out more about Foundation Stage

Detailed information and policies can be found on our policies page. 


Further information on the curriculum in Foundation Stage can be found on our policies page.


If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.