Holmesdale Community Infant School

Children are at the heart of all that we do; working together to be the best that we can be


The foundation stage

The main purpose of early years education is to help the child develop the skills and attitudes that they will need to live with others and that they will use throughout a lifetime of learning.

We believe that children need a holistic educational experience that does not create artificial boundaries between different aspects of their development.


Play, both indoors and out, is an essential part of their development and learning. Children learn best by doing things they really enjoy so most of our learning activities are play-based, active and fun. Activities are carefully planned to develop new skills and areas of knowledge and understanding. The staff assess the children through observation and questioning to see what is the next step in the child’s learning. Our staff are skilled in providing the right balance of challenge and support to take the children forward while maintaining their confidence.


The Foundation Stage curriculum comprises of seven areas of learning and development. Three prime areas:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development


Four specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive arts and Design


Learning and teaching

We know that learning is about making connections and staff use a variety of approaches, strategies and activities to ensure that we meet the learning needs of each child. Children learn best when they are happy, safe and secure and remember things when they are ‘engaged’, active and involved.

Exceptional leadership and teaching are at the heart of the school’s success.