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Early Years Foundation Stage


At NCPS we are absolutely dedicated to the success of all of our children. We know that our children, families and carers are amazing and deserve nothing but the best during their time with us. In EYFS we want to inspire children through a well-planned and immersive curriculum, ensuring that children are happy and eager to learn and are imaginative, curious and independent learners. Teaching and learning in the EYFS aims to:


Engage the children in their learning by creating an immersive environment that is linked to the interests and assessed needs of the children. 


Support our children to become independent, self-motivated and innovative learners, encouraging the children to adapt their work, think critically and take risks with their learning.


Prepare our children for the challenges of life in the 21st Century by ensuring that every child is literate and numerate, as well as empathetic towards others, able to be resilient and ambitious to succeed in whatever they set out to achieve. 


Encourage our children to be the best that they can be in all that they undertake, supporting each and every child to try new things, work hard and push themselves to persevere and achieve in any activity that is before them. 


Help our children to be world wise! Become curious about the world around them, enquiring about the world that they live in; rising to challenges and solving problems with confidence.


We want our children to be aware of the wider community, starting with their local community. We will provide opportunities to experience and learn about other communities and cultures further afield. To respect diversity and difference and feel part of a global world. To understand that they can change the world and their community.


Nurture the children’s social and interpersonal skills, ensuring that they have the opportunity to work as a member of a team and can share their experiences and knowledge with their peers.


The Curriculum


The EYFS framework includes seven areas of learning and development, all of which are important. There are three prime areas, which are the building blocks of good learning and support the four other more specific areas of the curriculum.


The Prime areas are: 

  • Communication and Language – Listening and Attention, Understanding and Speaking
  • Physical Development – Moving and Handling and Health and Self Care
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development – Making Relationships, Managing Feelings and Behaviour and Self-confidence and Self-awareness


The Specific areas are: 

  • Literacy – Reading and Writing
  • Mathematics – Numbers and Shape, Space and Measure
  • Understanding the World – People and Communities, The World and Technology
  • Expressive Arts and Design – Exploring and Using Media and Materials and Being Imaginative


Characteristics of Effective Learning 


The EYFS also includes the Characteristics of Effective Learning. These help us to know HOW each child learns. These characteristics are regularly assessed through observations and planned for throughout the EYFS. The Characteristics of Effective Learning are celebrated through our weekly assembly and in the process praise that we give to the children during their learning. We often talk about them in our Home-talk newsletters that are sent home to parents and carers. 


The three characteristics are: 

  • Playing and Exploring – children investigate and experience things and events around them and ‘have a go.’
  • Active Learning – children concentrate and keep trying if they experience difficulties, as well as enjoying what they achieve.
  • Creating and Thinking Critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between different and experiences and develop strategies for doing things.


Ultimately it is our mission to ensure that every child in our care feels part of a strong community; valued, important and able to learn. We want our children to ask questions and challenge us, to wonder about the world around them and to take meaningful risks in their learning. We want our children, families and carers to move forwards into the world with a sense of determination and vigour and a belief in the transforming power of communities. 


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

Reception Long Term Planning 2019-20

Reception Transition Timetable

Read Write Inc. Letter Formation Chart

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.


Creepy Crawly

Reception had a fantastic time when Phil and his creepy crawlies came to visit us on Friday 21st June 2019. We met a hissing cockroach, a tenrec from Madagascar, a giant African land snail, a snake and a Chillean tarantula called Rose.


We all got to handle one of the creatures and we were so inspired by Phil and his enthusiasm for his creepy friends! We learned that some face creams are made from snails - oh no! We learned that a cockroach can live for 15 days without it's head and we learned that if you make a tarantula angry she shoots you with spiky hairs from her bottom! Thank goodness Rose the tarantula did not get angry with us! We told Phil that we knew earthworms had five hearts and he was very impressed.


We cleaned our hands with special anti-bacterial soap at the end to make sure we were nice and clean. We can't thank Phil enough and we can't wait to see him again next year! Look out for creepy crawlies in your garden!

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Stay & Play

Thursday 23rd May 2019, Reception welcomed our parents and carers for a fantastic stay and play. We explored together and had lots of fun making butterflyblife cycles, worms and biscuit mini beasts. Thank you for coming, see you next time. 

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