The Foundation Stage

Kingfishers Preschool and Mursley and Drayton Parslow Foundation Stage classes plan using the Early Learning Goals.

The curriculum between 2 and 5 years is play based and carefully planned to cater for the children's individual needs and interests. There is a balance between adult led and child initiated activities. The children are assessed on entry and tracked continuously throughout their time at Preschool and in the Foundation Stage. At the end of Foundation Stage assessments are made against the Early Learning Goals. Assessments are mainly based on observations of children engaged in self-chosen activities but do involve more formal assessments of developing literacy and mathematics skills as age appropriate.


Key Stage 1 and 2 Curriculum

We firmly believe that the children are the most important part of our school. We therefore aim to provide a child centred, stimulating environment in which they can follow their interests and develop skills and knowledge that will help them grow and mature to participate fully in their future lives. We aim to provide a sense of security through clearly stated expectations of work and behaviour; an environment that is organised, comfortable and structured and an atmosphere that is caring and considerate. Learning should be relevant to children's experiences and interests whilst broadening their knowledge and providing challenges. 

 To this end the school's curriculum helps children to:

-          develop lively and enquiring minds

-          learn to ask questions and express their opinions

-          apply themselves to intellectual and physical tasks

-          acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to life in a changing and challenging world

-          become literate, numerate and articulate

-          develop moral and spirtual values

-          understand and respect the cultures and religions of other ethnic groups

-          gain knowledge and an understanding of the world in which they live.  

All curriculum areas are planned and delivered in accordance with the National Curriculum or Foundation Stage Curriculum and agreed school and Local Authority policies. 

We also recognise that children are individuals. They develop at different rates and so their needs vary as they progress through the school. Children's progress is constantly assessed and reviewed in order to ensure that they are working at an appropriate level for their stage of development and lessons are planned and delivered according to every child's needs. 


Each term we have fun-packed, exciting and stimulating learning opportunities for the children across the Three Schools. We are aiming to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that inspires pupils to learn.



The range of subjects and activities we have planned will help our pupils acquire knowledge, understanding and skills in all aspects of their education, including the humanities and linguistic, mathematical, scientific, technical, social, physical and artistic learning.



Please see the updates in the attachments below from each year group for a summary of the fantastic learning journeys that will be taking place during topic sessions in each term.


Remember to see your child’s E-Schools page for weekly updates. 




Designated Persons for Child Protection are the Headteachers, Ms Carol-Anne McCollum and Mr David May

Deputy Designated Persons for Child Protection are Mrs Featherstone, Mrs Heidi Martin and Mrs Rebecca Chapman-Hill