Early Years Foundation Stage

Our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is an integral part of Firs Estate Primary 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 Firs Estate Primary 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.



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 the children will be learning all about stories. We will be focusing on traditional tales. The stories we will learn are; The 3 little pigs, The Enormous Turnip, Goldilocks and the 3 bears and The Gingerbread man.  As part of the topic we are looking forward to acting out the stories, tasting porridge and making Gingerbread men.


Memorable experience

To start off our topic we came to school dressed in out pyjamas and shared lots of stories. The children also had the opportunity to bring in their favourite stories to share with the class.

Golden Book

15.9.17 –   Cheerful Cherries – Essence and Lewis

Bright Blossoms – Abigail and Mateusz

22.9.17  – Cheerful Cherries – Rudolf and Musa

Bright Blossoms – Gabriel and Cezar

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 23rd October – Friday 27th October

Harvest Festival – Thursday 12th October

INSET Day – Monday 30th October

Parents evening – Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th November

Christmas Carol service – Friday 15th December


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