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Welcome to our Early Years (EYFS Early Years Foundation Stage)

Early Years Leader: Mrs Moxon

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us, you can email us on or message us via Tapestry.

Key Information:

  • PE will take place on Monday for Reception and Wednesday for Nursery. Please make sure your child comes to school in their PE Kit on those days.
  • All children should wear uniform which is clearly named.
  • Drop off time is between 8:40am and 8:55am. Pick up time is at 3:15pm. Please drop off and collect your child at the Reception doors which lead onto the outdoor area.
  • Please ensure your child has a spare pair of clothes, waterproofs, wellies, bookbag and water bottle in school everyday.

In line with the whole school approach, children in Early Years learn apply our school values in all aspects of their learning.

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Daily Interactions

When we interact and observe the children within our care, we ‘(SH) Share Attention, (R) Respond, (E) Expand and (C) have a conversation’.

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We share attention of what a child or group of children are doing and if we need to interact and support with children’s play to move learning forward.  We respond to the children’s spoken language, make links and support them with their learning and behaviours that they are displaying.  Finally, expanding their thoughts and ideas through conversation so that we can support the children to solve their own problems within their play through carefully selected questioning and prompts.

EYFS Assessment

Upon entry to the reception year, children undergo a ‘National Baseline Assessment’ to gage their current understanding of key areas of the Early Years curriculum on entry into school. Throughout the year EYFS staff will then monitor children’s achievements in all areas of the EYFS curriculum to identify any areas for development.

If a child is identifies as needing support to excel in a subject area, interventions will be planned and adaptations to the learning environment, (classroom) will occur to expose children to the key learning.

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Parental engagement

Parental relationships are at the heart of our learning culture at Templenewsam Halton Primary School. Throughout the Early Years, our parents engage in all aspects of a child’s development. From the start of the year, we welcome parents in weekly for, ‘Stay & Play’ sessions, sharing children’s learning and engaging in conversations about children’s development and ways to support children at home. We use Tapestry to communicate with parents. This creates a platform to share daily class learning and celebrate achievements of individual children.  We value sharing our teaching process with parents and carers, therefore we set homework weekly, incorporating videos of Little Wandle sessions to support parents in teaching their children to read and write at home.  To further support our drive to instil a love of reading, each week we host a ‘Secret Reader’ event.  Each week, a surprise adult joins the children in class to read a story. This is a much-anticipated weekly event and creates a sense of delight and passion towards reading.

Most importantly, class teachers are always available each morning and afternoon to discuss any queries or concerns you may have and will do all that they can to ensure children are happy, safe, and enjoying school life!

EYFS Curriculum

Each half term children’s learning is centred around their interest and is outlined as ‘Key Themes’ to provide the children with all the experiences that they need to excel in the Early Years curriculum set out by the Department for Education.

Vocabulary is carefully selected and planned throughout each year group at Templenewsam Halton Primary School. Through play and storytelling, EYFS staff help children extend their vocabulary and develop their communication skills.  Key subject specific vocabulary such as seasons, animal names, countries and landscapes have been selected in order ensure children can apply the skills in the curriculum and understand the plethora of new information introduced to them.

Early Reading and Phonics

At Templenewsam Halton, we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. This is why we teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme. We start teaching phonics in Nursery and Reception and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school. As a result, all our children are able to tackle any unfamiliar words as they read. At Templenewsam Halton we also model the application of the alphabetic code through phonics in shared reading and writing, both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on language development for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects.

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Maths information

There are six key areas of early mathematics learning, which collectively provide a platform for everything children will encounter as they progress through their maths learning at primary school, and beyond:

  • Cardinality and Counting
  • Comparison
  • Composition
  • Pattern
  • Shape and Space
  • Measures

Number blocksThese areas form the fundamental mathematical basis of a CBeebies series of five-minute animated programmes called Numberblocks. We use these and the NCETM materials to draw out and build on the maths embedded in the stories contained in each episode.

You may also like to check out the EYFS website below:

  • White Rose Math White Rose Maths Team has prepared a series of five maths lessons for each year group from Year 1-8. Every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child to complete the activity successfully.
  • Active Learn: Read online Bug Club Books and visit the Math Factor. 
  • Numberblocks:Sing along and learn all about numbers with the Numberblocks!
  • Alphablocks:  Watch as the letters of the alphabet tell stories and make words using phonics. Play the learning game, watch clips and print colouring pages.
  • Epic Phonics: One month free membership.
  • Phonics Play:  You will find lots of games and ideas to explore with children at home. Free membership.
  • Tapestry
  • Stay at Home Story Time:  Oliver Jeffers will be reading one of his books every weekday and talking about some of the things that went into making it.
  • Time To Come In, Bear written by Kim St. Lawrence  - A story explaining social distancing to young children



Templenewsam Halton Primary School is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Red Kite Office, Pannal Ash Road, Harrogate, HG2 9PH

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