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Early Years

Our vision for our EYFS pupils 

We aim to create happy and independent children who have a love of learning and demonstrate being ready, respectful and safe learners. We want every child to have the best start in life through high quality interactions and experiences to ensure they achieve a good level of development. Our staff are enthusiastic and passionate who have a good understanding on how to extend learning. Our aim is for all children to make better than expected progress based. We have a calm and purposeful environment with high quality resources to support every child holistically. 

Our curriculum 

We use the non-statutory guidance document 'Development Matters' to guide our teaching and learning. 


We see every child as an individual and work to provide a challenge for all pupils within our reception classes, based on their individual needs. 

Meet the EYFS team

We have a wonderful Early Years team who are passionate about Early Learning! 

Miss Buck- Early Years lead & Oak Class teacher (Primary Education BEd with Early Years)


Mrs Martin- Ash class teacher (PGCE with Early Years)



Mrs Perry- Ash class teacher & SENDCo (MA Primary Education)


Miss Woodward-Learning support assistant (Level 3 child development)


Mrs Whittle- Learning support assistant (Forest School practitioner)


Mrs Cunningham- Learning support assistant 


Mrs Lawry- Reading support / Lunchtime organiser 


Mrs Ward- Reading support / Lunchtime organiser 

Our Learning Environment 

Our reception unit is a large unit which is shared across 'Ash class' and 'Oak class'. We are lucky to have a large outdoor classroom as well as a quiet courtyard. We are passionate about learning through play! We have resources continuously available throughout the year for the children to learn from. We enhance our classroom linked to children's interest and topic focus. We recently revamped our early years classroom unit with the help of 'Early Excellence'. 

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Our Day

8:40 - 9:00   

Welcome and morning jobs

9: 00 - 9:30

Little Wandle Phonics

9:30 - 9:45     

Dough disco

9:45 - 11:15   

Busy learning 

11:15 - 11:30

Little Wandle reading practice sessions

11:30 - 11:45 

Circle Time

11:45 - 12:00

Handwashing and nursery rhymes

12:00 - 13:15


13.15 - 13:20  

Calm time

1:20 - 1:30 


1:30 - 2:45 

Busy learning

2:45 - 3:05   


3:05 - 315






Our Experience Rich Curriculum

Characteristics of effective teaching and learning