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The Early Years Foundation Stage is your child’s first step into school and we work in close partnership with local preschools and nurseries to make the transition to school life as smooth as possible. At Hawley Primary School we believe in the importance of building a positive relationship with your child and their family. This begins before your child joins us in school through taster sessions and a visit to the child’s home, when we are able to get to know each child and their interests to ensure they settle quickly into their new learning environment.


Each child becomes a member of Giraffe Class or Zebra Class and it is always a delight to see them eager to take on the responsibility of being the ‘Gentle Giraffe’ or ‘Zippy Zebra’ in order to help their teachers. Many opportunities are given to the children to share information about themselves with their class, including bringing in their favourite things in an ‘All About Me Box’  during their first week at school, before taking it in turns to take the class Giraffe or Zebra home for the weekend.


We strive to plan from each child’s interest and include new learning in activities that they are already enjoying and succeeding with. We believe this gives purpose to each learning opportunity and enables children to apply the new knowledge they acquire along the way. Embedded within each child’s self- directed learning, are whole class sessions to develop their knowledge and skills in Literacy and Mathematics. This includes the provision of daily phonics sessions and numeracy activities to support early development in reading, writing and working with numbers in an engaging way.


Our Foundation Stage Curriculum follows the statutory framework in which provision enables children to develop and enhance skills in seven areas of learning. Alongside these are the Characteristics of Learning which identify the ways in which children engage with others and their environment through playing and exploring, active learning and creative and critical thinking.


All members of staff in the Early Years Foundation Stage are committed to ensure that each child feels happy, safe and respected in order to develop a positive and rich learning environment in which every child can thrive.



Tapestry is an online programme which allows you to view your child’s progress throughout the EYFS.  You will be provided with login details when your child enters Nursery or Reception.  Your child’s record will be updated regularly with photographs, videos, work and comments from staff. 






This half term we are learning about…


We will be living A Bug’s Life in Reception this half term! The children will be busy learning all about different types of minibeasts and their habitats. We will get our own caterpillars and observe them daily as they transform into beautiful butterflies. We will also have our very own worm hotel in the classroom! In keeping with the weather, we will undoubtedly have more visits from bumble bees, spiders, butterflies, ladybirds, ants and other minibeasts. We are sure that as the weather continues to get warmer, more and more minibeasts will be found! We have already been busy going on bug hunts and tallying our findings. Some children have also started making their own big hotels using natural materials they have gathered. We cannot wait to get stuck in living the Bug’s Life!



So far this year, our children have taken to the seven seas on a fantastic journey when learning all about pirates. We have been amazed by the different colours and noises heard from fireworks. We discovered from children in our class how fireworks are also used by Hindus to celebrate Diwali. We finished off the Autumn Term still learning about celebrations, starting with birthdays and ending with Christmas. After Christmas, the children chose to find out all about Castles. We even got to visit Windsor Castle and were excited to learn that the Queen was actually there!


If you would like to find out more about our EYFS curriculum please see our attached ‘Curriculum Overview’.