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Diary Dates


 3rd - Staff Training Day

4th - School Opens

10th - Clubs Start

21st - Y3 Jorvik Trip

24th - Y1/2 Trip



2nd - Y3/4 Swimming

4th - Rec/Y1 Phonics Workshop 3.45pm

10th - Y4/5/6 Trip

11th - How We Learn Afternoon 2.15pm PE

12th - Big Idea Landing 2.30pm

22nd - Family & Individual Photos

26th - Harvest Festival

Break up for Half Term






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