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Early Years Foundation Stage

Welcome to EYFS

We are the Kingfishers, Nightingales, and Woodpeckers classes supported by the following members of staff:

Home Learning 

The Early Years Foundation Stage

Children in Foundation stage learn through a balance of teacher directed learning (when the children are engaged in activities and learning decided by the adult) and child initiated learning (when the child decides how they will learn and develop through play).

Play is an important way in which young children learn to explore and understand the world around them. It helps them to develop creativity, curiosity and self-confidence. It teaches them how to build relationships with others, collaborate and discover their own interests and talents.

During child initiated learning your children can free-flow across all three classrooms and the outside area. The learning environment is carefully planned to ensure the children can access a wide variety of learning experiences. We plan learning from children’s prior knowledge, experiences and interests to motivate and engage them.

We follow the EYFS curriculum and provide rich opportunities to enable children to initiate ideas and activities, developing the learning characteristics that support lifelong learning.

Throughout the Foundation stage, staff support children to develop characteristics to help them become effective learners who are keen to try new things.  Using a Growth Mindset approach, we encourage all our children to challenge themselves and develop a genuine love of learning. 

Following guidance from the EYFS Profile, we ensure that children:

  • are willing to ‘have a go’
  • are involved and concentrating
  • have their own ideas
  • choose ways to do things
  • find new ways of doing things
  • enjoy achieving what they set out to do

We are keen to work together with parents to support the learning of the children and celebrate their achievements both at home and in school. On this page, you will find some documents, which provide ideas to support your child’s learning in the different areas of the EYFS.

The EYFS Framework

Personal Social and Emotional Development

Communication and Language

Physical Development

Literacy - Reading

Literacy - Writing


Expressive Arts & Design

Understanding the World

Our Learning - Phonics

In Reception, we introduce phonics to children through the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Programme. Here are some videos which explain the pronunciation of each letter sound and some of the important skills used within early reading.


Here is a guide which explains how the children are taught to say the sounds in Autumn 1

Here is a guide which explains how the children are taught to say the sounds in Autumn 2

Here is guide which explains how the children are taught to say the sounds taught throughout Spring 

Blending is an important skill which young children use to help them sound and read decodable words. This video explains the process of blending. You can support your child to develop this skill by using sound talk at home. For example, you could say "It is time to b-r-u-sh your teeth" or "let's go to the p-ar-k".


Tips for Parents about Remote Learning