Early Years Foundation Stage

To help your child settle well and to get to know you as parents and carers, an induction programme of nursery and home visits will be arranged. During these visits, you can let us know relevant information about your child in order to give them the best possible start. There is also an open day at the school, where we outline the induction process.

To ensure a smooth transition into their Reception Year, children begin by:

  • Starting with two half-days, 9.00am – 12pm, returning home for lunch.
  • Progressing to two days where children are joining us for lunch.
  • By the fifth day, as long as children are well settled, full-time school will begin.

We operate a staggered start for groups of children in September. This gives a chance for teachers to build strong relationships with our students.

The Foundation Stage Curriculum

The Foundation Stage curriculum is divided into seven areas:

  • Communication and Language – opportunities for children to express themselves, speak and listen.
  • Physical Development – opportunities for children to be active and interactive, and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement, as well as their self-care and healthy food choices.
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development – building and maintaining relationships, self-confidence, self-awareness and managing feelings / behaviours.
  • Literacy – encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to learn to read and write.
  • Mathematics – opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, addition and subtraction and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
  • Understanding the World – guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community.
  • Expressive Arts and Design – enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media.

The children build up a Learning Journey showing some examples and photgraphs of their activities. These contribute to the teachers’ assessments of each child. You will be invited to contribute to, share and ask about your child’s Learning Journey.


At Athena Primary Academy, we use the synthetic phonics program ‘Read Write Inc’ (www.ruthmiskin.com).  This a highly successful, cohesive and creative approach to teaching children to read and write and is used by many schools up and down the country.