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Early Years Foundation Stage

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Early Years Foundation Stage

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Take a look at our Early Years Foundation Stage...


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Early Years Summary 

  • When children first join our Nursery class (or Reception class), on entry assessments are made. This helps us to identify the abilities of every individual child on arrival to our setting and helps us to plan their learning.
  • This also helps us to track the progress of every child from entry into the school, to the end of their time in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • This is all done through OTrack, an online pupil tracking system which allows us to closely monitor progress and attainment.
  • In order to ensure that all children make at least good progress, interventions are put in place to address individual needs (where necessary).
  • The Early Years Foundation Stage Action Plan identifies plans for further improvement and the steps required to be able to do it.
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Parent Partnerships

At St Bede’s, we believe that parents are a child’s first educators and we recognise how important parent influence is throughout a child’s time in the Early Years Foundation Stage. We aim to work closely with parents and carers, to ensure that every child has the best possible start in school and in life!


EYFS staff regularly update the Nursery and Reception school web pages, the school Facebook page and Tapestry (a personal online learning journal), in order to keep parents updated on what their children have been getting up to. staff also encourage parents to share significant things that have been happening at home and share what their children have achieved outside of school. This is done through Home / School Diaries and WOW! Cards – all of which contribute towards the on-going assessments of the children. Children take home reading books and fun home challenges every week in both Nursery and Reception, in order to encourage learning at home. Termly reports are sent home to parents in order to inform them of their child’s progress, attainment and effort and Reception class run termly Parents’ Evenings. Intervention Support Plans are shared with parents, for any children who may need additional support, with advice on how parents could help their child at home. Parents are also well informed about what the children are currently learning, through the termly distribution of Curriculum Information.

Parents and carers are invited to Nursery “Stay and Play” sessions on a termly basis and a Reception “Open Afternoon” in the summer term.  Adults are given the chance to take part in some activities with their children and see them in action.  Staff are available to chat about the children’s progress and the children’s learning journals are available for grown-ups to look at.

Children in Nursery and Reception take part in training to become “Little Rescuers”.  Little Rescuers is a course designed to teach first aid and life-saving skills to Nursery and primary aged children through fun, play, music and teamwork.  Parents and carers are invited to join in with the final “Little Rescuers” session.


Family Footy Phonics

Children in Nursery and Reception work alongside coaches from the ‘Foundation of Light’ to help with their phonics skills and dribbling techniques.  Each week they play different football games, with phonics incorporated in them.  Nursery and Reception grown-ups are invited to take part in the final ‘Family Footy Phonics’ session.  

Count Us In! Parent Workshop

Grown-ups were invited to take part in our ‘Count Us In’ workshop.  Parents, grandparents and other relatives learned how maths is taught in the early years.  They discovered that maths is actually all around us, every day and found out how they can promote maths at home.  They were then given the chance to take part in some fun, maths activities with their children.  Everyone received a certificate for completing the workshop.  Well done, everyone!

Parents and carers are invited to “Sports Day” every summer and are even encouraged to join in with the fun!

Parents and carers are often invited to come and join us in the school library to share stories with their children. 

Forest School

The children in Reception attend “Forest School” throughout the year at West Boldon Lodge.  Reception grown-ups are invited to take part in the final “Forest School” session.