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Active Learning in the Foundation Stage

How we learn in the Early Years


We ensure that our environment and delivery of the curriculum incorporates what we know about how young children learn. There are three characteristics of effective teaching and learning:


  • Playing and exploring - children will have opportunities to investigate and experience things and 'have a go.' Their senses will be active.
  • Active learning - children will have time and space to concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties and enjoy their achievements. They will actively engage with the environment both indoors and out.
  • Creating and thinking critically - we encourage and support children to use and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas and develop strategies for achieving what they wish.

The characteristics of effective learning are at the heart of our day and pupils, from an early age, are encourage to 'have a go,' ask questions, make links, solve problems and be individual in their thoughts and ideas. These learning behaviours are shared and celebrated with children through our animal characteristics.


Playing and Exploring

Active Learning

Creating and Critically Thinking