Early Years

In the Early Years Foundation Stage we use the indoor and outdoor environments to support play and learning.

Each child has a Learning Journal in which teachers and staff collect observations on the children and their achievements. These books are available in the classroom for children and parents to look at.

The progress of each child is assessed termly to check that they are working within the expected range for their age. At the end of Reception all teachers complete statutory assessments of the children against the ‘Early Learning Goals’.

Early Years

Seven Areas of Learning

Personal, social and emotional development:

  • Making relationships
  • Self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Managing feelings and behaviour

Communication and language:

  • Listening and attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking

Physical Development:

  • Moving and handling
  • Health and self-care


  • Reading
  • Writing


  • Numbers
  • Shape, space and measure

Understanding the world:

  • People and communities
  • The world
  • Technology

Expressive arts and design:

  • Exploring and using media and materials
  • Being imaginative

The Nursery consists of 26 places for children who are turning four in the academic year. The two Reception classes (four to five-year-olds) have a pupil admission of 60 and offer a balanced ratio of child-initiated learning and adult-focused teaching.