Early Years

We are the EYFS ‘discoverers’ in Nursery and Reception!

Nursery Class.
Reception Class.

The Nursery and Reception children work alongside each other throughout the day in our Early Years Unit.

There is time for child initiated and free flow play, exploration and investigation as well as lots of opportunities to work with an adult in one to one and small group sessions. During the day we also have whole class and small group teaching sessions for Phonics as well as Mathematics. Each day the children are exposed to and can choose from a wide range of exciting, stimulating and challenging activities. The children learn many skills which provide a firm foundation on which to build future learning. We aim to provide a happy, fun, safe, caring and stimulating environment for children in which they can develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially.

Children are encouraged to develop their own theories about the world and how it works. Their ideas and opinions are valued and respected by adults and the other children, thereby creating an environment in which children can develop and grow not being afraid to make mistakes and learn.

Our Learning

At Christ Church C. of E. Primary School in the Early Years Unit we base our Teaching, Learning and Assessment practices on ‘Planning in the Moment’. This approach is grounded in research and enables the EYFS team to support learning and development within both individual learning packages and small group and whole class sessions.

Our outcomes for children have improved year on year and this year 2017/18 our ‘Good Level of Development’ (GLD) was 75%, this is higher than the National Average and the Local Authority.

We adhere to the Curriculum Guidance for The Early Years Foundation Stage and alongside both Parents/Carers and other professionals to ensure the best outcomes for all of our children.

Please read more in the document below:


Creative water play.
Enjoying exploring mathematical problems.

Pretending and investigating.
Opportunities to develop speaking and listening.

Using the computer to support independent learning.
Choosing and having a go!

Mark making, drawing and writing.
Making healthy choices and being independent.

Completely absorbed and making links in learning,

Some other activities we have been doing in EYFS: