The Early Years Team:

Miss Saxon

EYFS Lead Teacher /Specialist Leader in Education

Miss Ward

EYFS Teacher

Miss Hardman

EYFS Teacher

"Children in the Reception Year are happy and confident in their environment. Through their warm encouragement, staff help children to listen attentively to stories and develop their spoken language and vocabulary." - Ofsted March 2022

At Chapelford we have highly skilled practitioners who provide your child with the greatest start to their educational journey.

Please contact a member of the team if you need any support or advice.

(Staff will only check and respond to emails during working hours)

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The EYFS is based upon four principles:

  • every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
  • children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
  • children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers;
  • children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

At Chapelford Village Primary School we aim to provide the highest quality care and education for all of our children, thereby giving them a strong foundation for their future learning and well-being.

The EYFS is made up of seven areas of learning:

Prime areas

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication & Language

Specific areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

These areas are delivered throughout the topic and linked closely together. They are equally important and depend on each other. All areas are delivered through a balance of adult led and child initiated activities.

EYFS have their own outdoor area used all year round in all weathers. Being outdoors encourages learning in different ways. It offers the children more opportunities to be creative and explore on a larger scale as well as to be physically active linking the indoors and outdoors together. Children will have opportunity to experience all seven areas of learning whether they decide to learn indoors or outdoors.

We deliver learning for all of the areas through, purposeful play and learning experiences, with a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities.

“Children’s play reflects their wide ranging and varied interests and preoccupations.

In their play children learn at their highest level.”

Children’s play reflects their wide ranging and varied interests and preoccupations. In their play, children can be inquisitive, creative, questioning and experimental and will learn at their highest level. Playing with their peers is important for children’s development. Through play our children explore and develop learning experiences, which help them make sense of the world. The adults model play and play sensitively with the children fitting in with their plans and ideas. The children are encouraged to try new activities and judge risks for themselves. We talk to them about how we get better at things through effort and practice and that we can all learn when things go wrong. They practice and build up ideas learning how to control themselves and understand the need for rules. They have the opportunity to think creatively alongside other children as well as on their own. Chapelford Village Primary School staff and Governors believe that all individual learning styles should be recognised and honoured in a creative learning environment. The way in which we learn is as important to progress and success as what we learn.

You can find out more information about the Early Years Curriculum and the updated Development Matters document here.


Early Years Documents

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Please enjoy a virtual tour of Early Years by clicking the picture below. 

At Chapelford Village we follow the Read Write Inc. phonics scheme starting in EYFS and continuing through Key Stage One.

More information about Read, Write inc. and resources can be found by clicking the icon above

Early in the Academic Year we have a phonics meeting with all new parents to explain how we learn to read in school and some top tips for encouraging a lifelong love of reading at home.

EYFS - Phonics

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EYFS Newsletter

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