Early Years Foundation Stage

Our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is an integral part of Baby Kids School. Our aim is to provide an environment where each child feels happy, safe and secure.  At the start of the academic year 2015, we had a refurbishment giving us a newly decorated environment and brand new equipment to help support and develop the children in their learning. The Foundation Stage unit includes all children in Foundation Stage 1 and Foundation Stage 2 . Foundation 1 (FS1) is sometimes called ‘nursery/Ace Acorns’ and Foundation 2 (FS2) is also known as ‘reception’. We have two reception classes, these are called Bright Blossoms and Cheerful Cherries.


Themes and Principles of the EYFS


At Baby Kids School we take guidance from Development Matters in the EYFS (a non-statutory guidance to help us to teach the statutory guidance). Set out in this document are the themes and principles that underlie our practice in the Foundation Stage.


Areas of Learning and Development


The Early years Foundation Curriculum is based on ongoing observation and assessment in three prime and four specific areas of learning and the three learning characteristics, which are set out below:


The Prime Areas of Learning


  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development


The Specific Areas of Learning


  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design


The Learning Characteristics


  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically


Click on the link below to download a copy of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage:

EYFS Statutory Framework


Meet the Team


Mrs S Haselgrove – Ace Acorn’s teacher

Mrs A Ottewell – Ace Acorn’s teaching assistant

Miss R Marley – EYFS team leader/Bright Blossom’s teacher

Miss S James – Cheerful Cherries’ teacher/Job share

Mrs S Wildey – Cheerful Cherries’ teacher/Job share

Mrs D McGrath – Teaching assistant


Our EYFS unit



What are we learning?


This half term our topic is called ‘Did dragons exist?’ We will be learning all about castles and who used to live and work in a castle as well as thinking about dragons. We will also be drawing and building castles, doing lots of reading to find information on kings, queens and knights and writing  about what we find out. In art and design we are going to make finger puppets and dragon eggs and in maths we’ll be doing adding, doubling, number bonds and problem solving.


Memorable experience


To start off our topic we had a visit from a knight! His name was Sir Bobs and he told us all about what an important job it was to be a knight. We asked some questions and found out lots of information.














Learning at home


Ace Acorns


Each week the children will have the opportunity to take home a new library book. This could be shared together at bedtime. During the year, Mrs Haselgrove will also send out other materials that you can support your child with at home.


Bright Blossoms and Cheerful Cherries


Your child will be given a reading book to take home. We would encourage you to read with them as much as possible. We will hear your child read their reading book once a week and in addition they will have daily reading practice during our Read Write Inc sessions. We will change your child’s reading book weekly.




This will be sent home weekly on a Friday. Please help your child but we would like them to be as independent as possible. Please return the homework book by the following Wednesday.


Important dates


Half term holiday – Monday 19th February 2018 – Friday 23rd February 2018

INSET Day – Friday 16th February 2018

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