“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

EYFS Intent 

At Willowbrook Mead Primary Academy, we greatly value the importance of the early years
foundation stage (EYFS) in providing a secure foundation for future learning and development. We strive for the children to become independent learners, whilst building on their communication and language. All staff have high expectations of all children, including SEND and disadvantaged. Our provision allows the children to make independent choices in their learning and develop their self- regulation skills.

Intent, Implementation and Impact

EYFS Curriculum

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

Reception Long Term plan 2022-23

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

We follow the White Rose maths scheme. Our medium term plan can be found here

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 

Our indoor and outdoor environments support children to be fully engaged in purposeful play of their own choice and interest. We offer children many broad and varied learning opportunities within an enriching environment. Our classrooms promote curiosity, and our children are encouraged to follow their interests, have their own ideas, and independently access the resources available.

Willowbrook Mead EYFS Provision

Please click on the topic link to view our knowledge organisers. This includes information that the children will be learning and key topics.


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 Mrs Walter and Mrs Wahid (class teacher) and Mr Hart(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 Mrs Gomes(Teaching Assistant). The Butterfly staff are Mrs Hill (Class Teacher) and Miss Ward (Teaching Assistant).

Information for Parents

For information about admissions into our Nursery and Reception classes, please see our admissions page.

As from September 2021 the Department for Education have introduced a Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) All children in reception classes will be assessed on their early literacy, communication, language and mathematics skills at some time during their first 6 weeks. This will provide a starting point from which to measure progress from reception to the end of key stage 2. Further information can be found by clicking on the link below. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reception-baseline-assessment-information-for-parents

The links below are useful websites for you to access at home:



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