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Early Years Foundation (Nursery & Reception)

Early Years Foundation Stage

Our Early Years Foundation Stage consists of our Nursery and Reception Classes.

"Progress through the Nursery and Reception classes is good because the teachers provide children with a range of stimulating activities within the bright and attractive setting." (Ofsted, April 2012)

We provide children with a range of play based learning experiences indoors and outdoors that ensure children develop across the seven key areas of learning.

These are divided into three 'Prime Areas':


  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development and four 'Specific Areas'
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


We have recently just spent a great amount of time and money on developing our outdoor areas to ensure children have the same high quality provision as indoors.


Play Based Learning

Picture 1 Areas designed to unleash our creative side
Picture 2 Bringing our Superhero theme to life
Picture 3 Developing Art skills using different materials
Picture 4 Digging for pirate treasure
Picture 5 Don't worry we provide aprons
Picture 6 Everybody loves play dough
Picture 7 Experiencing different cultures
Picture 8 Finding out about the world around us
Picture 9 Investigative water play
Picture 10 Making lots of noise
Picture 11 our 'Home Corner' encourages communication
Picture 12 Physical development
Picture 13 Places to develop Speaking and Listening Skills
Picture 14 Small world and construction
Picture 15 Using our number snake to recognise numbers
Picture 16 We learn the importance of working together
Picture 17 We love our new climbing frame
Picture 18 We love sharing a good story

World Book Day

To celebrate World Book Day Reception held a reading café morning. The children came in dressed up as their favourite book character and brought along their favourite book to read with their parents. The children had such a fun morning planting Jack’s golden beans, making bear masks and bear snacks from the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. They also enjoyed having the opportunity to read lots of different books with their parents. Thank you for all the parents who were able to come along. We’re looking forward to next year already!

World Nursery Rhyme Week

To celebrate World Nursery Rhyme Week our nursery children will be learning various nursery rhymes to sing in class. Below is a list of the nursery rhymes we will be singing on each day of the week. If you click on the different days of the week you can listen and learn the nursery rhymes with your child.

Our Visit from the Fire Brigade

On Wednesday Koala class and Nursery received a special visit from the local fire brigade. The children loved meeting the fire fighters and hearing about all the ways in which they help us. The children enjoyed inside tours of the fire engine, listening to the loud sirens and watching just how fast the water squirts out of the hose.

Koala class have been learning the importance of ringing “999” to reach the emergency services and the importance of knowing their home address.  Maybe you could practice learning your address with your child at home this week!

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If you go down to Reception today you're sure of a big surprise...

Following our work on 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' we had a lovely teddy bears picnic in class.  Due to the weather, we had to have it inside but everyone still had a wonderful time.  The children wrote an invitation to their bears inviting them to the party.  We were met by a sea of teddy bears in all shapes, colours and sizes when we opened the door on the morning of the picnic.  The children made cheese and jam sandwiches for the picnic and they all really enjoyed the feast, whilst singing along to the 'Teddy Bears Picnic' song.

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Stay and Play Parent Feedback

We asked our parents what they thought of the Stay and Play session in class and this is what they had to say:


"Really enjoyed seeing what the children do in Reception class. It gives me peace of mind, really enjoyable."


"It was brilliant to see how my child learns and interacts with others, I look forward to the next one."


"Love the child directed learning opportunities - Fantastic staff and child relationships."


"Thanks for letting us come and see the children in class, it was interesting to see how they interact with the other children and what games they use to learn."


"I have really enjoyed today watching and playing with my daughter. It helps parents understand what goes on in Reception and what the children do, we can then do some of the activities at home. The Cheerios was a brilliant idea!"

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The Reception children’s visit to Kirkby Christian Fellowship

Panda, Koala and some children from the Robin’s class went to visit Kirkby Christian Fellowship to find out why we celebrate Easter. Upon our arrival the children were greeted by some friendly faces and began the celebration by singing some songs accompanied by a live band including one of our teaching assistants on the guitar!


The children split into groups and shared a simple meal of bread and apples dipped in honey and drank blackcurrant juice to represent the last supper Jesus shared with his friends before he died.


After this we all got back together and the children were told the rest of the Easter story before going into groups to make their own Easter gardens which they were able to take home.


We finished the morning with some more singing and a special surprise of a chocolate Easter bunny.   We all had a wonderful time and the children really enjoyed the experience.

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