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Early Years Foundation Stage

We know how important the first year of school is for you and your child. To help parents of new entrants to the school, the class teacher  and staff are able to provide a detailed description of our Foundation Stage. We begin our journey together in EYFS and believe that a strong partnership between home and school helps your child to flourish. Our priority is that all children have a happy start to their school life.

At Lostock Gralam CE Primary the Reception class follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum when planning the learning opportunities for their younger children. 

We deliver the EYFS framework for teaching children from birth to five years old. The framework consists of four themes. These are A Unique Child, Enabling Environments, Positive Relationships and Learning and Development.

Through the provision the children become independent learners and begin to take responsibility for their own learning and development. Within the learning and development theme there are SEVEN areas of learning from the basis of the curriculum. These areas are:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Physical Development

Communication and Language



Understanding the World

Expressive Art and Design

Phonics is taught through Read Write Inc, daily when we learn new letters and their sounds and then we use them in our reading and writing. We work hard on our number skills in a daily taught session and also in our own time around the setting.

Children build on their previous experiences, through self-exploration and active learning, engaging in the world around them. In Early Years, we learn to become independent and think for ourselves. We learn to overcome problems and think how we would change things if we were to do them again. 

Our learning experiences and assessments/observations are captured on Tapestry, enabling parents to contribute and share our successes immediately.

Transition is a key to successful, happy children. We have a thorough process, working with pre-school and nursery settings, parents and carers before children start in Reception, ensuring that children have many opportunities to meet staff and visit school. 

Stay and Play As a school we are always looking for new ways to include our parents in the everyday life of the school.  There will be regular opportunities for parents/carers to visit us in our classroom and share our learning.  This will give you the opportunity to not only see your child in the school environment but also to see for yourself what life in Early Years is all about. The dates for Stay and Play can be found on our calendar dates, the whole school newsletter and additional reminders will be sent via Tapestry.


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