Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community


Welcome to the Oasis Academy Foundry Early Years phase!

Nursery Curriculum

Here at Oasis Academy Foundry we provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum.

Nursery and Reception is planned to include all seven areas of learning outlined in the Early Years Foundation Scheme (EYFS) framework. These are PSED, Physical Development, Communications and Language, Maths, Literacy, Understanding of the World, Expressive Art and Design. Effective early learning is promoted in the Academy’s Early Years curriculum, through playing and exploring, creating and thinking critically, and active learning.

Key learning areas in EYFS


There are 4 principles which underpin our Foundation Stage curriculum:

  • A unique child - every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Positive relationships - so that children can feel safe and cared for.
  • Enabling environments - we provide a rich and varied environment which supports children's learning and development. It gives them the confidence to explore and learn in a secure and safe yet challenging, indoor and outdoor space.
  • Learning and development - Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. In their play, children learn at their highest levels. We provide wide ranging and varied activities that engage and involve the children for sustained periods.

You can download a copy of our yearly curriculum overview here. 

Keeping track of your child's learning in EYFS

Throughout school, we want our parents to be fully involved in the education we deliver to their children. We know that it takes a community to fully raise a child, and will therefore be sharing information with you throughout our journey together. This includes curriculum overviews, where you will learn about the topics that we are covering in school throughout the academic year. 

The quality of teaching across all areas of learning is consistently high. Staff scaffold learning and bespoke next steps are identified for development.

Assessment throughout Early Years is conducted through observations. The staff make systematic observations of each child’s achievements, interests and learning styles. These are then used to identify learning priorities and plan the next stages in the learning experiences for the child.

Some observations that are considered “Wow Moments” – new learning, a new skill, something the child is really proud of – are shared via the child’s online learning journey, which parents can engage and interact with.

Reception Baselines

During the children’s first half-term in Reception class, the teacher must conduct the DfE Reception Baseline. This is a short, interactive and practical assessment of your child’s early literacy, communication, language and mathematics skills when they begin school, using materials that most children of your child’s age will be familiar with. For more information, please read this leaflet - Information for parents: reception baseline assessment (

Teachers will then use this assessment, alongside a three week transition period of getting to know the children and conducting observations, to inform their learning priorities and know how best to support the every individual child.

Please click on the diagram below to see full version of what the curriculum involves.