Peterchurch Primary School


Early Years


Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Our early years class is known as Ladybirds Class. They thrive in our warm, inviting and stimulating environment.  Mrs Hill is our EYFS lead teacher and teaches Monday - Thursday, Mrs Reynolds teaches in Ladybirds Class on Fridays, Ms Nash is our teaching assistant and is in school every day.

We have developed an exciting plan which follows the children’s interests alongside statutory needs from the EYFS framework and the National Curriculum. We enjoy lots of time outside and keep very busy. The children have many opportunities to explore carefully planned provision which develops and scaffolds their learning through play.

We currently have a 15 place reception intake. 

Learning and Development

The Characteristics of Effective Learning and the Prime and Specific Areas of Learning and Development are all interconnected. The new statutory Framework will be effective from September 2021.

The class room is organised to allow children to explore and learn securely and safely. There are areas where the children can be active, be quiet and rest. The room is set up in learning areas where children are able to find and locate equipment and resources independently.

Learning and Development is categorised into three prime areas of learning:

Communication and Language:

  • Listening
  • Attention and Understanding
  • Speaking

Physical Development:

  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Fine Motor Skills

Personal, social and emotional development:

  • Self-Regulation
  • Managing Self
  • Building Relationships

Additionally, there are four specific areas of learning:


  • Comprehension
  • Word Reading
  • Writing


  • Number
  • Numerical Patterns

Understanding the world:

  • Past and Present
  • People, Culture and Communities
  • The Natural World

Expressive arts and design:

  • Creating with Materials
  • Being Imaginative and Expressive


Achievement of these prime and specific areas of learning is underpinned by the Characteristics of Effective Learning

  • Playing and exploring - engagement
  • Active learning - motivation
  • Creating and thinking critically – thinking

EYFS Policy 2021

Starting School Information 2022-2023