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Cloverlea Primary School

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Early Years


What is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)?

The EYFS is a distinct and important phase in education. It places an equal priority on supporting children’s social and emotional development, and their learning. The early years are the crucial time for developing children’s enjoyment of learning, their engagement and motivation. It’s an important time for children to develop their ability to persist and show determination.

This is the stage in your child’s life that gets them ready and prepares them for school, as well as for their future learning and successes. The EYFS was created to ensure your child’s first 5 years are happy, active, exciting, fun and secure, as well as to support their development, care and learning needs.

All nurseries, pre-schools, reception classes and childminders who are registered to deliver the EYFS must follow a legal document called the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.




How your child will be learning:


Your child will be learning skills, acquiring knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first:

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


These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas:

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

At Cloverlea we believe in the holistic development of the learner through play, supported risk-taking and nature connection. Our curriculum works to support self-esteem, confidence, and communication, attitudes to learning and emotional development. We are extremely privileged to be able to take a large part of our learning outdoors which helps us to have a deeper connection with nature.

Learning Topics.


We approach each new half term with a topic and ideas based on this, to cover the 7 curriculum areas. We use our experiences of child development and the children's interests and needs to ensure we provide a relevant and appropriate curriculum. This long term planning is based around the seasons and other events in the calendar such as celebrations and festivals. We then follow the children’s interests and change topics as we get to know them, as they develop and from what we observe.



Autumn 1

Amazing Me!

Children will explore what makes them unique, their similarities and differences as well as their family trees and where they’re from.

Autumn 2

Snow and Ice and All Things Nice

We’ll be exploring and learning about all the key events during this festive time of year.

Spring 1

The Great Explorers!

We’ll be nature explorers this term by bird watching and spotting the signs of Spring.

We will also be finding out about the Arctic and Antarctica. We may even become space explorers!

Spring 2

All Things Bright and Beautiful

As Easter signifies growth and birth, we’ll be learning and observing the growth of animals and plants.

Summer 1

Going Places

We’ll be acknowledging and discovering the people and vehicles that help us in our everyday life.

Summer 2

All Creatures Great and Small

From farm animals, wild animals to mini beast!

How do I know how my child is getting on?

It is important that both EYFS staff and parents work together, sharing information about the child, what they have done at home and in the nursery/school setting. There are various assessment steps throughout the EYFS but practitioners will continually be assessing and building on your child’s skills.

When your child starts in our setting, observations will be made to ascertain where your child is at their stage of development. As your child journeys through EYFS with us we will record observations on our ‘i-track’ assessment system that you will be able to access and comment on.

Throughout your time at Cloverlea you will be able to see what experiences and learning is taking place through our school Twitter, school website and Class DoJo.


How can I help as a parent?

Parents are essential partners in children’s early learning. Both the home and the early years setting can each do a great deal to support your child. We will achieve even more when we work co-operatively together in a respectful partnership.

As a parent or guardian we will encourage you to record ‘Wow moments’ that your child does with you so that we can all share in your child’s love for learning. These ‘Wow moments’, together with our i-tack observations will help us build a full picture of your child’s development.

Our Early Years Charter.

      1.We are confident in nature.


We take measured risks when exploring the world around us. We are constantly learning and developing our knowledge of our environment.


         2. We can work and play together.


We know that play helps us to learn and have fun. Working and playing together helps us to grow.


         3. We enjoy talking about our experiences.


We show confidence by talking about ourselves, others and our experiences. This helps us to feel values and understood.


         4. We look after our environment and everyone and everything in it.


We show care and ownership of our environment. We respect the world we live in and take pride in looking after each other.



         5. We celebrate the communities we belong to.


We enjoy learning about what makes us special and unique. We celebrate our differences and share our experiences.


Our Nursery Classroom Video.mp4

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Our Reception Class