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Foundation Stage Curriculum

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Curriculum Overview for Foundation Stage



In Foundation Stage at Sparken Hill Academy, our children learn Phonics through the 'Bug Club Phonics' scheme. Whole class phonics teaching takes place on a daily basis for all Foundation Stage children and teaching is differentiated according to children's ability levels. Through Phonics, children develop their listening skills, learn how letters (graphemes) link to sounds (phonemes), sound out (segment) words to write both words and sentences and when reading, put sounds together to read (blend).



Parents have access to 'Bug Club' on the Pearson Active Learn site:

Each child has a bookmark in their reading diary with their own log in details. When logging in you will find..... 

-Reading books which are matched to children's phonics ability

-Phonics Games to practise grapheme-phoneme correspondence, segmenting and blending 

Log in here:


The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Areas of Learning

At Sparken Hill Academy, we place our children at the heart of everything that we do. We strive to create a child-led curriculum which inspires and motivates our children and enables them to develop a capacity and love for learning, as well as providing them with a secure basis on which to build their confidence, manage their feelings and form relationships. We provide a multitude of activities and experiences to suit a range of learning styles, and place emphasis on the importance of first-hand experience and exploration in enabling young children to learn more about the world around them.


We teach to the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, within which there are 7 areas of learning. These are split into the prime and specific areas but are all important and inter-connected:


The Prime Areas

  1. Communication and Language
  2. Physical Development
  3. Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The Specific Areas

  1. Literacy.
  2. Mathematics.
  3. Understanding the world.
  4. Expressive arts and design.