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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

Read Write Inc. Letter Formation Chart

Royal Wedding

Reception have been busily anticipating the Royal Wedding this week. We have been making seating charts and sharing 20 guests between tables, walking down the aisle and measuring how far we have travelled and making wedding invitations! Look at some of our lovely invitations - fantastic work Reception!

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Mental Health - Tips for Talking for Parents and Carers


You're never too young to talk mental health! Important guidance for parents on how to handle children emotional wellbeing!


Click the below link to find out more information.