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Beatrix Potter School

Early Years

Early Years and Foundation Stage


Our EYFS team in Nursery and Reception take the very best care of the children and ensure that they learn with rapid progress during their years in the EYFS.

Learning is undertaken through a blend of formal teaching on the carpet and independent activities linked to a central theme. The staff team are in hand to delve into and extend the children's thinking at the point of learning. 

Learning to read is at the heart of all we do. We use Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised to systematically teach reading and the children take home one phonetically decodable book a week (see our Phonics page). We also send home 'shared' reading texts so that after school you can get into the habit of 'reading time' in addition to the stories that you will be reading for bedtime.    

If you have any expertise to offer, eg art, science, music, gym etc, please let us know and we will sort out a mutually suitable time for you to work with a small group of children.

Children are able to enjoy a piece of fruit through the EU fruit scheme each morning play.

The gates open at 8.50am and we expect all the children to be at the classroom door before the official start of school at 9am. Year one line up in the key stage one playground. Uniform is part of the school ethos and is expected to be worn (details on our web)

Contacting teachers. Either contact the office or the teacher directly to arrange a mutually convenient time. Teachers are not able to meet during classroom times but are keen to communicate. 

Trips. Local area trips where the children might walk down the library will not need your permission. Travelling further a field or with transport will require your permission. We always aim to keep costs down and may be able to reduce costs by subsidising some trips.

If you are asking someone else to collect you child at the end of the day we must have a letter or an email to confirm the details.  We will not let children leave without permission in writing. If this is a regular occurrence one letter with details will suffice.

As the weather gets colder, please send your child to school appropriately dressed for the weather as the children will spend time in activities outdoors.

Nursery Curriculum Plan

Reception Curriculum Plan