Early Years Foundation


We believe that the Early Years Education is vitally important as it is the foundation on which the children build the rest of their lives.  We recognise that the children develop at different rates and we acknowledge that each child is unique.  The Early Years Foundation Stage consists of a child being taught in Nursery and then in a Reception class.

We believe in a happy, well ordered, secure and stimulating indoor and outdoor environment in which children can explore and develop in all areas, building on their personal experiences.  We have a dedicated team of teachers who nurture the children’s needs and plan, assess and monitor the children’s development in order to ensure that every child makes progress and reaches their full potential.  We value the role parents have to play in their child’s education and actively encourage parental involvement.

The Reception Curriculum is part of the Early Years Foundation Stage being taught across Nursery and Reception classes as set out by the DfE. The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile summarises and describes children’s attainment at the end of a child’s Reception Year, through age-related goals. Every child has its’ own Profile Progress Record and teachers use this to monitor and set individual targets that the children will work on.  Parents view the Profile throughout the year and are given a summary of attainment at the end of the Reception year. Completing the Profile Progress Record is based on ongoing observation, teaching and assessment in the three Prime Areas and four Specific Areas of learning.


 Prime Areas of Learning

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development


Specific Areas of Learning

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

How  children learn is equally essential and these are covered by the characteristics of learning as set out below.


The Learning Characteristics

  • Playing and Exploring
  • Active Learning
  • Creating and Thinking Critically.

We deliver the Curriculum through stimulating, cross-curricular topics which are relevant to the children such as: Celebrations (Birthdays, Autumn, Harvest, Bonfire Night, Divali, Christmas), Farming, Mini-beasts, Spring, Castles, Pirates.

Phonics are taught using a number of key resources including Phonics Play, Letters and Sounds and Phonics Bug.

Further information about the curriculum is available from your child’s class teacher.