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Early Years Foundation Stage

Welcome to Early Years

The teachers are Miss Abbott in Reception and Mrs Purdy Marr in Nursery.

In our Unit teaching and learning is based on cross-curricular themes which are designed to follow the children’s interests and challenge each child to progress onto their next steps. We believe that the way young children learn best is through carefully structured and self-initiated play. Children have access to beautiful indoor and outdoor environments where they are encouraged to explore, develop, imagine and investigate their surroundings to start to understand the world around them.  We promote Growth Mindset, encouraging children to take on challenges and take risks with their learning.

Our maths and literacy lessons blend fun, engaging games with focussed activities, providing the children with a firm basis of understanding on which to build their later knowledge. In the Autumn term staff host an ‘Early Reading and Writing’ workshop to ensure parents are aware of expectations, and how they can support their child with their learning at home.

The Early Years team work closely with all our families on their child’s learning journey. Each term families are invited to ‘Stay and Play’ sessions based on current topics or themes. They can also join their children on regular visits to our local library every Monday and Thursday. Children have access to ‘Home Learning Bags’ containing a variety of fun, practical activities designed to develop physical, phonic and mathematical skills. Every half term a homework menu is provided where children can choose to complete a variety of cross curricular activities.

The Early Years Foundation Stage is a discreet phase of primary education covering Nursery and Reception. Both classes follow the same curriculum, as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.

Teaching and learning in the Foundation Stage follows the seven areas of learning. These are divided into prime and specific areas. Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and Language;
  • Physical Development; and
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development.


The prime areas will help them develop skills in the 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World; and
  • Expressive Arts and Design.

We also place a high importance on the children’s characteristics of effective learning:

  • playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’;
  • active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements; and
  • creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things


At the end of the EYFS – in the summer term of the Reception year in school – teachers complete an assessment which is known as the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile. This assessment is carried out by the Reception teacher and is based on what they, and other staff caring for your child, have observed over a period of time. The children are assessed against each of the areas of learning using the Early Learning Goals.