Hoylandswaine Primary School

Working Together, Achieving Together, Growing Together

Haigh Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S36 7JJ




Foundation Stage


Children in the foundation stage follow a programme designed to give them the best possible start in school. Much of their learning comes through play and is self-directed. The reception classroom is designed to allow them to develop independence, social skills, follow their own interests and encounter new experiences in a comfortable environment. Some of their work is adult directed where appropriate. This increases as the year goes on. We make much use of the outdoor area reinforcing and extending their learning in more physical, larger or different ways.

The children in foundation stage follow the Read, Write Inc programme for literacy skills which allows the development of phonic ability, reading and writing in a very structured and rapid way. At the beginning of the year this is structured as short bursts of teaching and increases as the year progresses. Children are grouped for ability early on in the year to ensure differentiation is accurate for each child. A similar programme is used for maths with differentiated groups also used to make sure we meet the needs of every child.

We intend to make our curriculum as broad as possible making sure the children have opportunities to learn a new language (French), engage in high quality sports coaching, take part in a wide range of creative activities all in addition to making excellent progress in academic subjects.