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Early Years Foundation Stage



This year we have 32 children in our EYFS class.  We have two teachers; Miss Healey and Mrs Taylor who is the Early Years Leader.  Mrs Stocks, Miss Edwards, Mrs Holden and Mrs Field are our wonderful Teaching Assistants.


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'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.  A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right.  Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.'  (EYFS Statutory Framework 2012)


The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is based on four principles:

  • A Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning and Developing


Areas of Learning

The EYFS is made up of seven areas of learning and development of which three are "prime areas" and four "specific areas."  The prime areas are

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development


The specific areas are

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the world and
  • Expressive arts and design


"Each area of learning and development is implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity.  Play is used as an essential part of children's development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems and relate to others.  Children learn bhy leading their own play and by taking part in play which is guided by adults.  There is an on-going judgement to be made by practitioners about the balance between activities led by children and activities led or guided by adults.  Practitioners must respond to each child's emerging needs and interests, guiding their development through warm, positive interaction.  as children grow older, and as their development allows, it is expected that the balacne will gradually shift towards more activities led by adults, to help children prepare for more formal learning, ready for Year 1." (Statutory Framework for EYFS2012)

EYFS Policy


Class Organisation


The children are split into two classes of sixteen and are taught in small groups for phonics, guided reading, writing and mathematics thoughout specific times in the day.  The rest of the time the children have access to continuous proision both indoors and out.  Throughout this time the children also complete rainbow challenges that link to all the areas of the curriculum, including a home challenge.  The children are encouraged and supported by staff to complete all seven challenges during the week. If they complete all their challenges then they take part in the class treat on a Friday afternoon.  Please look at our class newsletters to give you an idea of some  of the exciting things we take part in every half term.

Curriculum Overviews

Indoor and Outdoor Learning


The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning.  When children feel emotionally safe and secure they are able to explore and find out about the place they are in  and the things they can see, touch, manoevre or manipulate.  In the EYFS the environment is described in terms of three aspects:  The emotional environment, the outdoor environment, the indoor environment.  These three aspects of the environment together make up the environment for learning in the EYFS.


At Thorn Primary School our vision is that all children are taught in a stimulating learning environment with high quality resources.  Our Reception class is organised into separate areas.  Each of the areas are carefully planned and resourced in order to provide the children with many difference learning opportunities in their play.


Please feel free to look around!

Reception Challenges

The children have seven challenges to complete throughout the week linked to the topic being covered, the EYFS Development Bands and the Early Learning Goals.  For each challenge completed the children will receive a coloured lollipop stick to create their own rainbow (displayed in class).


Once the children have collected all the colours they will receive a special treat to celebrate that they have successfully completed all seven challenges that week.

RED - writing challenge

ORANGE - reading challenge

YELLOW - creative challenge

PINK - phonics challenge

GREEN - maths challenge

BLUE - ICT or social challenge

PURPLE - home/school book challenge (to be completed and returned to school every Monday)



Rememberance 2017