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Our aim for the children in the Early Years Foundation Stage at Peterchurch Primary School is that they should have opportunities and experiences that allow them to become independent, confident and enthusiastic learners.

A Unique Child

Through assessment and observation, we are able to identify each child’s interests, strengths and needs. This allows us to ensure that our curriculum and planning meet the needs of all children in our setting. We use ‘Tapestry’, a secure online journal, to record all the learning and fun of the children's Early Years education. Parents are able to log in and view annotated photos for their child that maps their progress and development throughout Reception.

Positive Relationships

We enable children to become aware of themselves as part of the wider school community by helping them to feel confident and secure within the Early Years and with the adults and children around them. We encourage the children to develop a clear understanding of how actions and behaviour impact on other people and the importance of respecting one another. A strong partnership between home and school is essential to support and foster children’s growing confidence in a new environment.

Enabling Environments

We are lucky to have a spacious and varied environment in our Early Years. As well as the classroom we have an area for painting, craft and messy activities and a large and inviting outdoor space and garden. The children have access to resources that can be used both inside and out and have ample opportunity to enjoy learning and exploring in all weathers.

Learning Developments

Our practical and challenging curriculum supports children as they develop and learn their own way. We provide opportunities for children to take risks in a safe environment and to widen their interests and skills in preparation for the rest of their time at Peterchurch Primary School.

We have strong links with the Golden Valley Pre-school and other local Early Years settings which help us to prepare children for their entry into school and to inform our understanding of the children’s individual characteristics and preferences before they even start with us.