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Planning and Learning through Play

Here in school we base our learning and practice on a document called the Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage.  We also use Development Matters ( linked to a child's age and development) to help us.



The learning in Nursery and Reception is through exploration and play with some teaching of sounds (phonics) to support reading and some maths. 

Literacy teaching can be in small teacher-led groups, independent tasks that children choose or in short, fast paced phonics sessions focused on learning a ‘phoneme’ (the sound a letter, or a group of letters, makes).  Early on our children notice how we see letters and words and print all around us, in the environment, signs, labels, badges,books and on packets and clothes. Through short topics based on the children's interests we listen to stories , act them out’ andthe children are encouraged to comment and ask questions, role play (with props), create their own versions and endings and write and create images about it in their own way.

The EYFS team plan stimulating literacy teaching. We engage all pupils in their learning and cater to individual needs helping SEND pupils with the same vigour as those working at and beyond expected levels of attainment.  We ensure that all children access broad and balanced CLL learning by identifying, early on, any need for additional support. This maximises the best outcomes for those that might, for example, be at an early stage of learning English or with a SEND that requires specific teaching or resources. In this way, all children in the EYFS have the opportunity to access CLL, which helps them develop an understanding of how the spoken and written words can and will help them to reach and explore their potential through fascinations and personal interests – a crucial ‘hook’ into literacy for many children.


  • Speaking: All adults model clear, spoken English for children to consistently hear across the curriculum and throughout their learning. 
  • Listening and attention: Children have many different opportunities to listen and respond to what others say - in small groups, large assemblies and to their peers and different adults. 
  • Reading: Children have access to books carefully chosen to enhance topics. They will read stories, poems and information texts and learn how to find information on websites. They read with teaching staff, volunteers and other pupils in school. They take a reading book home to read with parents every night . We visit the local library so that all our five year olds have their own membership card and become readers who enjoy books and reading.
  • Writing: Opportunities to write letters, words, sentences, lists, labels, poems are across our topics. Children learn writing skills in small groups, phonics and access independent writing activities inside and on clipboards in the outside area. In the EYFS they can often choose resources they like to write with and books they want to read.