THE Foundation Phase Curriculum


Foundation Phase:  Ages 3-7 (Nursery, Reception, Y1 and Y2)

Children learn through first-hand experiential activities with the serious business of ‘play’ providing the vehicle. Through their play, children practise and consolidate their learning, play with ideas, experiment, take risks, solve problems, and make decisions individually, in small and in large groups.

First-hand experiences allow children to develop an understanding of themselves and the world in which they live. The development of children’s self-image and feelings of self-worth and self-esteem are at the core of this phase.

The statutory Areas of Learning in the Foundation Phase are:

  • Personal and Social Development, Well-Being and Cultural Diversity
  • Language, Literacy and Communication Skills
  • Mathematical Development
  • Welsh Language Development
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  • Physical Development
  • Creative Development.

A Creative Curriculum

At Malpas Park we endeavour to provide our pupils with a broad, balanced and creative curriculum. Our standards are high and we encourage all pupils to reach for the stars. By immersing pupils in exciting activities and presenting a variety of learning opportunities, we encourage them to establish their own learning styles, to grow as individuals and to develop as life-long learners.

Our creative curriculum allows us to deliver a skills based curriculum through projects that are chosen to stimulate and inspire learning. Pupils have an opportunity to shape their curriculum by having a say in what they want to learn, how they want to learn and how they want to record their findings.

Each project starts with a 'wow' factor, an event, visit or visitor designed to 'hook' pupils in, engage and interest them. Overviews are shared with pupils and parents at the beginning of each project so that learning can be supported at home. The partnership between home and school is vital if children are to flourish and to reach their full potential.