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Early Years

Children in Foundation Stage are guided to develop good social skills. Adults guide the children to learn to take turns, share equipment and work together with a partner or a small group. Children are taught to listen to each other. They are encouraged to have a go at new learning experiences to build confidence and independence and develop concentration.  We have developed our outside area to include a Welly Garden and Mud Kitchen as we are passionate about children having outdoor learning experiences.

 The prime areas of learning:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development

‚ÄčThe specific areas of learning:

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

Characteristics of effective learning:

  • playing and exploring
  • active learning
  • creating and thinking critically

Communication and Language

Children learn in a language rich environment to help them develop their spoken language and understanding.


Children have a daily phonics lesson and are taught through the Supersonic Phonics Programme. Children have weekly guided reading and writing opportunities and literacy skills are always linked to a weekly book or theme.


Children have a daily mathematics carpet session to develop early numbers skills including counting and recognising numbers to 20 and calculating one more and one less than twenty. They learn to add and subtract practically, recognise shapes and use a wide range of mathematical language.They are encouraged to solve practical problems involving every day and real life maths.

Physical Development

Children are guided to be independent at school in their self- care of feeding, keeping themselves clean, toileting and dressing. They have lots of outdoor play opportunities to climb, run, keep fit and be active. They are encouraged to take part in activities to develop their core muscles, fine motor skills and hand eye co-ordination.

Understanding the World

Reception children are supported to make better sense of the world around them and to begin to understand their role in the larger world. They have access to a wide range of technology to explore, use and program. Children are encouraged to investigate, observe and discover in their play both indoors and outdoors.

Expressive Arts and Design

Painting, drawing, modelling, collage and printing are just some of the creative activities that are available for children daily.  Children have opportunities to role play, dress up, make music and perform.

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