Foundation Stage Curriculum

The Foundation Stage includes the Nursery and Reception years of a child’s education. It is a distinct stage and important both in its own right and in preparing children for later schooling. The Foundation Stage places emphasis on how children learn and engage with their own learning journey through:

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically

There are seven areas of learning that make up the curriculum:

The Prime areas

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

The Specific areas

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

To ensure a broad and balanced curriculum, activities follow the children’s interests wherever possible. Throughout the year a variety of topics and themes are introduced to the children as appropriate.

Children are provided with opportunities to learn outdoors and all children can engage in planting and growing activities in our thriving Nursery allotment.

At St Cecilia’s we are committed to ensuring the children in our care have time, every day, to explore their learning both indoors and outdoors with knowledgeable, interested and enthusiastic adults.

Click here to view the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework.

As a Catholic school our learning experiences are based on two fundamental beliefs:

God made me.  I am special, I am unique.

God made the world.


Key Stage 1 Curriculum

The Key Stage 1 curriculum covers Years 1 and 2 and provides a balanced and broadly based programme of study which helps to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural and physical development of pupils.

The children are taught in topics which may be Science/ Geography/History based. From these literacy and maths activities will be taught.

Please click here (link opens in new window) for The Primary National Curriculum.



Phonic Information for parents

Phonic Screening click here (link opens in a new window)


Key Stage 1 Parents Information Leaflet

End of Key Stage 1 Tests Information click here (links opens in new window)