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Early Years Foundation Stage

This strong team is managed by Miss Beswick, our Early Years Foundation Stage, (EYFS), Leader. Teaching and Learning in the Nursery and Reception classes is directed by the Early years Foundation Stage Framework. This provides a framework for all practitioners working with children from birth to five years old and offers guidance on providing the best quality care and education for young children.

Emphasis is on learning through direct experience and we use the children's interests to bring the seven key curriculum areas to life.  There is an emphasis on learning through play.  We also strongly believe children learn best if they enjoy what they are doing in class. 

We have a large amount of space in our inside and outside classrooms.  We operate a free flow system between the two spaces.

Prime Areas for Learning

Communication and Language through which children learn about listening, attention, understanding and speaking.

Physical Development which emphasises gross and fine motor skills.

Personal, social and emotional development through which children develop self-regulation, the ability to manage their feelings and behaviour and learn about building effective relationships with others.

These are complemented by the Specific Areas for learning which encompass:

Literacy: Early reading and writing skills.

Mathematics which is based around counting reliably from 1-10, understanding number order and beginning simple addition and subtraction. Children will also experience solving mathematical problems by talking about shapes, weight, capacity, time, money, halving and measuring and comparing everyday objects.

Understanding the world: This enables children to base their learning on what they understand of the world around us through talking about the past and present events within their own families, being aware of the differences between others and among families, communities and traditions. Children will observe the natural world and learn about plants and animals and talk about changes. 

Expressive Arts and Design: Children will sing songs, make music and dance and create with a range of materials, tools and techniques to look at different colours, design and texture in their artwork. It is important, too, that children are given opportunities to be imaginative through art, music, role-play and stories.


When a pupil has been identified with additional needs, their work will be differentiated by the class teacher to enable them to access the curriculum more easily.  Teaching Assistant’s may be allocated to specific groups/individual pupils during some lessons. If appropriate specialist equipment may be given to the pupil e.g., writing slopes, concentration cushions, pen/pencil grips or easy-to-use scissors.