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 Diary Dates 


16th - Walk For Syria

16th - Friends Band Night

20th - Sport Relief Inter Sport Competition

22nd - Thirsk School Year 5 Enrichment Day

22nd - Friends Film Night

23rd - Shakespearean Recital in Celebration Assembly 2.45pm

26/27th - Parent Structured Conversations

29th - Easter Service at Leake Church 1.00pm

School Closes at 2pm



16th - Staff Training Day

17th - School Re-opens



10/11th - Y3 Osmotherley Residential

14th - SATS Week

25th - Sports Day



14th - New Starters Evening

21/22nd - Y4/5 Happy Fest Residential

27/28/29th - Y6 London Residential

29th - Buddy Picnic



2nd - Transition Week

5th - BBQ & Summer Fair

10/11th - Parent Structured Conversations

17/18th - Y6 Production 2.00pm & 6.00pm

19th - Deer Shed KS2

20th - Leavers Assembly 1.00pm

School Closes 2.00pm







Willow Class- Early Years Foundation Stage

Children in Reception follow a different curriculum to the rest of the school – they follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, covering seven areas of learning in total.

The EYFS curriculum has three prime areas of learning:

  • Communication and Language 
    To develop confidence and skills in expressing ideas and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
  • Physical Development 
    To develop co-ordination, control and movement. To understand the importance of physical activity and make healthy choices.
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development 
    To form positive relationships and develop respect for each other, to develop social skills, learn how to manage feelings, understand appropriate behaviour and have confidence in abilities.

The four specific areas of learning are:

  • Literacy 
    Encourages children to link sounds and letters to begin to read and write.
  • Maths 
    Provides children with opportunities to develop and improve counting, using numbers, simple addition and subtraction and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.
  • Understanding the world 
    Guiding children to make sense of their physical world and community and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
  • Expressive arts and design 
    Children are enabled to share thoughts and feelings through art, music, movement, role play, design and technology.

Children have a great start to School life in our Reception class. They have lots of fun and enjoy new experiences every day. Their learning environment is attractive and well resourced, inside and out, which ensures that they develop the skills they need to become independent and confident learners. Children develop at their own rate and this is reflected in the individualised learning opportunities which we provide for the children.


Planning in Reception is spontaneous and led by the children. Adults are trained to build on children’s learning ‘in the moment’ which ensures that they understand the relevance of the skills they have learnt and can therefore apply them in everyday life. It also guarantees that learning is linked entirely to the children’s interests and therefore engages the children fully.




Although staff are constantly challenging and questioning children to support their development in all areas of the curriculum , our main priority is to ensure that the children always feel happy and safe!


In Early Years and Key Stage 1 we have a rigorous approach to Phonics Teaching.  Children work in small groups with precisely targeted support.  We use 'Letters and Sounds' to inform our planning.


Click here for a link to our Early Years Approach brochure