At Ferndown First School, we aim to provide the highest quality care and education for all our children thereby giving them a strong foundation for their future learning. We create a safe and happy environment with motivating and enjoyable learning experiences that enable children to become confident and independent. We value the individual child and work alongside parents and others to meet their needs and help every child to reach their full potential.
As outlined in the EYFS ‘Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances.’
Our Early Years Phase of the school consists of two classes of reception children and two classes of Year One children. Children’s first year in Ferndown First School is our Foundation Stage. We provide our children with a range of rich, meaningful first-hand experiences in which children explore, think creatively and are active. We aim to develop and foster positive attitudes towards learning, confidence, communication and physical development. We have a two-year rolling programme, which provides a broad and balanced curriculum for all of our learners. Our topics include Winter, Superheroes and Planet Earth. Our philosophy is “stage not age” and we ensure that our curriculum is personalised to the needs of all of the children, allowing them to make good or better progress in all areas of learning.