The Foundation Phase is a time when all young children are offered opportunities to develop imagination, creativity, exploration, discovery, play, communication and social interaction. The busy, constantly changing and developing, visually stimulating and socially demanding world created in the early years settings is ideally placed to enable young children to learn.
The staff at Ysgol Heol Goffa are committed to the philosophy and principles of the Foundation Phase. We believe that with energy, determination and imagination our pupils can thrive in the foundation stage.
There are 7 areas of learning and development:
* Personal, social and emotional development
Helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others. We aim to help them to develop a respect for others, social skills and the curiosity to want to learn.
* Communication, language and literacy
Developing communication skills is a key part of the work we do. Staff also provide opportunities for children to hear and share stories and books and to support and extend children's emerging reading and writing skills.
* Mathematical Development
Mathematical development is encouraged through solving maths problems, communicating and reasoning mathematically. Opportunities exist to experience number, measure, money, shape, position and movement through a multi-sensory approach.
* Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Providing children with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world. To help children to do this we enable them to use a range of tools safely. We provide opportunities for them to encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments and in real life situations. Children are supported to participate in practical 'experiments' and to explore a wide range of materials.
* Creative development
Art, music, movement, dance, imaginative and role play activities. Staff support and extend children to develop their creativity using a wide range of activities.
* Physical development
Children learn by being active, enabling children to gain confidence in what they can do and to develop a positive sense of well-being. Children are supported to make healthy choices about the food they eat both at snack and lunchtime.
Pupils experience Welsh on a daily basis, learning songs and rhymes and simple greetings. We are proud of our Welsh heritage and use every opportunity to promote our language and culture at appropriate levels.