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St Peter’s School

Welcome toSt Peter’s School

"Together we hold the keys to success"

Foundation Stage Learning

Every child is unique and will develop in different ways and at different rates. Every individual is at a different stage along their learning journey. We plan, ‘In the moment‘, where possible to meet every child’s interests and needs.

In the Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) we use, ‘Development Matters,’ as guidance to understand and support each child’s development and pathway along their learning journey. 

There are 7 areas of learning and development underpinned by three characteristics of effective learning: engagement, motivation and thinking.

Three areas of learning and development are particularly important for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn and to thrive.  These three areas, known here as the prime areas, are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

We also support children in four specific areas of learning and development, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.  The specific areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically support children’s learning across the 7 areas of learning.



In the Foundation Stage, the staff learn about individual children by observing them as they play, explore, learn and interact with their friends. Staff  use photographs and video clips as evidence of observations. They  reflect on and analyse their observations and use these to plan further experiences and learning opportunities to support and extend each child’s individual development. This is an on-going process throughout the year.

Observations are recorded using an online system, Early Excellence Assessment Tracker (EEXAT).  Parents can view and contribute to their child’s learning journey at home by means of a secure log on.

Parents also receive short written reports during the year and have opportunities for individual meetings with the class teacher where a child's progress and development are discussed.