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The Early Years Foundation Stage

We work closely with the local pre-schools to assist our teachers in identifying an accurate baseline and ensuring a smooth transition for all pupils starting school in Reception.

Based on the Development Matters framework, pupils are assessed as 'developing', 'emerging' or 'secure' in the 30-50 month; 40-60 month and Early Learning Goals as they progress through the year. From September 2015, a baseline assessment has been introduced for all Reception pupils. The Early Years curriculum is broken down into seven distinct areas.

Personal Social and Emotional Development
  • Making relationships
  • Self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Managing feelings and behaviours
Physical development
  • Moving and handling
  • Health and safety and care
Communication and Language
  • Listening and attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Numbers
  • Shape, space and measure
Understanding the World
  • People and communities
  • The world
  • Technology
Expressive Arts and Design
  • Exploring media and materials
  • Being imaginative

Pupils are also assessed against the Characteristics of Effective Learning:

  • Playing and Exploring - Finding out and exploring, Playing with what they know, Being willing to have a go.
  • Active Learning - Being involved and concentrating, Keeping trying, Enjoying achieving what they set out to do.
  • Creating and Thinking Critically - Having their own ideas, Making links, Choosing ways to do things.

At the end of the year, progress and attainment will be reported to parents in an Early Years Foundation Stage report.

Latest News

20th Mar - Thank you to all those parents who attended tonight's Parents' Evening. We very much appreciate you taking the time to fill out our questionnaires and speak to Governors. Please do contact school if you have not yet arranged your appointment as this close home school liaison is vital.

20th Mar - Puffins pupils were delighted to received their morse code certificate today thanks to our local experts Peter, Martin and Eric. Puffins are very much looking forward to the 'advanced' session next.

20th Mar - Thank to Rev Felicity for supporting the pupils who led our collective worship today.

16th Mar - It is always a pleasure to hear about the learning successes of our pupils in the Hedteachers' Awards assembly.

16th Mar - Rev. Felicity joined pupils to collaboratively plan our Lent church service which we hope you can join us at. The service is at 9:30am on Wednesday 28th March.

16th Mar - We were delighted to welcome Mrs Murfet into school to lead science activities with science club and two classes as part of British Science week. Exciting activities included lava lamps, George's marvelous medicine and rainbows!

16th Mar - Yew class participated in REactive Church today. Thank you to volunteers who make this possible.

14th Mar - Thank to Pine class and the school community for making the FOPS Pine cake sale such a fundraising success whilst enjoying tasty treats!

14th Mar - It was wonderful to welcome Mrs Bonfield back into school today to launch our handmade values bears. We are very grateful for her skill and time to make these for us. They are a beautiful replacement for the much loved values dolls which represented the old school values.

14th Mar - Rowan class attended the first of the REactive Church sessions as we prepare for Easter.

12th Mar - We were delighted to welcome Andy Richardson, from local business Volac, into school today to view Clicker7 and talk to the pupils about it. We are incredibly grateful to Volac for purchasing this fantastic educational software that can be used to support learning at home and school.

9th Mar - We were delighted to have so many mothers and female carers in school for lunch and Mother's Day activities. Pupils worked with their mums and grannies to make bridges, plaques, towers and also took part in a scavenger hunt!

9th Mar - In our Elm Class assembly, they shared their learning about Great Britain through artwork, oracy, music, songs and a wonderful retelling of the Feeding of the 5000 Bible story.

7th Mar - Pine Class walked up to Wimpole Hall Farm as part of their 'United Kingdom' topic focusing on their local area. Whilst there, they took part in an activity making butter in the Victorian dairy.

5th Mar - Mrs Grieves launched 'Malawi Monday' our fundraising challenge to cover her giant map of Malawi in donated coins. These funds will be taken to Malawi in August 2018 to continue the charity work of providing useable school building and resources for children to learn in.

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