“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances.”

Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage- 2021

In our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) we meet the needs of all of our children through a challenging and exciting provision that allows children to become more independent in their learning. We believe that children are more engaged when they have a choice in their learning and so our timetables includes lots of opportunities for children to ‘free flow’ and engage in play both indoors and outdoors. Through playing children are learning many new skills such as: risk taking; social skills; fine motor skills; problem solving; and communication skills.

At the end of reception year, EYFS staff will complete an end of year profile for each child to determine whether they are emerging or expected in the seven areas of learning and development. The areas are shown below.

Our planning is based on guidance in the Development matters document. More information can be found here

The Classes

The Foundation Stage is divided into Reception (children aged 4-5 years old) and Nursery (children aged 3-4 years old)

The Ladybird staff are Miss Goode (class teacher) and Mrs Elsayed (teaching assistant).

We have two Nursery classes, the first session is in the morning starting at 8.45am-11.45am, and the second session starting at 12.30pm-3.30pm.

The Nursery children are very much a part of the whole school. They share an outdoor area with the reception children and are able to ‘free flow’ in between the two reception classes during the day.

Please contact the academy office for more information on admissions.


We have two Reception classes; Class 1 are the Busy Bees and Class 2 are the Butterflies. The Busy Bee staff are Miss Hurd (Class Teacher) and Mr Hart (Teaching Assistant). The Butterfly staff are Miss Moscetano/Miss Karrouze (Class Teachers) and Miss Goodman (Teaching Assistant).


EYFS Curriculum

We cover a range of exciting topics throughout the year. Our long term plan can be seen here;

EYFS Long Term Planning 2021-22-Reception

Phonics is a method of teaching children to read by breaking down words into sounds.

EYFS are following the phonics overview to practise their phase 1 phonics and learn their sounds.

Each lesson follows the same structure:

We follow the Read Write Inc scheme. Read Write Inc. phonics teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step.
Our phonics overview can be found here

RWI Sound Mat

Phonics sounds and phrases

On a weekly basis the children participate in focused maths sessions. During these sessions we will focus on the following;

  • Exploring the composition of numbers to 10
  • Counting and comparing numbers
  • Solving number problems such as addition, number bonds, 1 more and 1 less
  • Exploring shapes and patterns
  • compare length, weight and capacity

You can help your child at home with their maths by doing some of the following:

– Practice counting- count everything!

– Matching socks when sorting the washing

– Look at numbers – on house doors, buses, road signs, sports tops

– Look for shapes in the environment….Can you find a triangle, square, circle?

Number song 

Shape song 

Links for parents


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