Foundation and First Steps

Foundation and First Steps (age up to 8)


Pupils at The Avenue School who are in Key Stage 1 or Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follow the Early Years Outcomes. This essentially means that all learning is delivered through the following strands:-

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Communication and Language

Physical Development



Understanding of the World

Creative Development


The curriculum is structured into a rolling programme of topics, through which the above themes are delivered.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development form the core of the curriculum. Specialist spaces including the Soft Play, the Sensory Room and the Splash Pool are used regularly to support the development of these areas. Pupils have daily opportunities to take part in child-led play; more structured learning is introduced when each individual pupil is developmentally ready for this. Pupils participate in specialist Literacy programs, including the ReadWriteInc and Handwriting Without Tears, where this is relevant and accessible for them.


Throughout the Early Years curriculum all pupils are considered as individuals and where appropriate, individual learning activities are planned that reflect pupil’s abilities and specialist needs. Some pupils benefit from learning within the EYFS Framework even between the ages 8 and 11. These pupils attend an Early Year Plus class.