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Early Years Foundation Stage

 Meet the team 



Mrs D Gillings


Assistant Head Teacher 



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Miss H Lynes 

Nursery Teacher 


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Mrs S Eccleston 



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Miss C Gardener

Reception Teacher


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Miss H Dennant 



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Miss R Saunders


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Early Years Foundation Stage

Our Early Years Provision is for children aged 2-5 years old and

was judged to be Outstanding by Ofsted in February 2017 and March 2015.


"Early years staff build exceptionally well on skills and knowledge that are significantly below age-related expectations when children begin at school". "Learning stories show rapid development of early reading and writing skills". "The provision is very carefully thought out and activities are exceptionally well together to generate not only strong and secure learning, but also excitement". "Activities are rich and enable children to explore the world around them". "All adults interact very well with children and extend their learning at every opportunity". "The outdoor area is a real strength and is used highly effectively for all groups". "The strong links established with parents enable them to participate and support their children's learning well". 


Our Ethos

Child-initiated learning through play is at the heart of our practice and is embedded in every aspect of our learning environment. We believe that children learn best through active engagement with the world around them; and through meaningful and relevant experiences, supported by responsive adults. We aim to give children the broadest opportunities to play and make sense of the world. We observe their play and plan around their interests. Self-initiated learning and exploration are key ingredients to having independent children who are motivated to learn. Our outcomes show that all children make significant progress across all areas of learning, especially their Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Literacy and Mathematics.

Our 5 pillars demonstrate what all the children who attend Westwood Primary school will have access to and be supported with. Our golden threads show how we as practitioners make this possible. 




Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum Intent


Children in our Early Years phase follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, which consists of seven areas of learning. We teach children by ensuring challenging, playful opportunities across both the prime and specific areas of learning. We recognise that all children develop and learn at different rates and so our EYFS curriculum is designed flexibly to meet the needs of all individuals. We support individual learning through our skilful interactions and observations which lead to detailed next step planning. The Characteristics of Effective Learning underpin our curriculum and pupils learning, through an enabling and well-planned environment we ensure we provide meaningful opportunities for playing and learning, active learning and creating and thinking critically. As children utilise and develop these characteristics they become effective and motivated learners who demonstrate high levels of well-being and involvement.


You can see examples of our planning below.



From September 2021 we will be using Tapestry as our assessment tracker, to record our children’s knowledge, skills and learning dispositions. It is a consistent and reliable way of demonstrating progress through the EYFS.


The statements within Tapestry correlate with Development Matters and the new Birth to 5 Matters that reflect an ‘age related expectation’. Tapestry recognises the importance and values the 'how' of learning and so the characteristics of effective learning and levels of well-being and involvement are recorded too.


Through daily observation and interaction we are able to build a rich and accurate understanding of each child across all aspects of learning and development.


Our assessments are meaningful and impact on our children’s learning and development as we use them to inform our children’s next steps which are personalised and challenging. Our observations then inform the assessments we make on Tapestry as children approach the end of each range milestone. We bring our knowledge of a child together to make a summative assessment about where they are in relation to key developmental milestones.


Learning Stories


We use the electronic online Learning Stories provided by Tapestry to record the observations and then use them to support our ongoing assessments. These observations can then be shared with families. You can share all the wonderful things you do with your child at home using Tapestry, by uploading via the website or App.


We love to show you all the wonderful things your child has been doing throughout the day, but we also know and value the importance of actually being with the children and not having a tablet in between us. Therefore, some weeks you will have more observations than others, because we have been engaging and playing and didn’t want to stop the flow to take a photograph.


You will be given an access code to Tapestry when your child joins our school to see their learning story at home. At the end of Reception their learning story can be downloaded for you to keep and treasure.



Observation Examples 


UTW - The World 

CL - Understanding 


Nellie looks closely at the sunflowers in the garden. She notices holes in the leaves, "look at all of them!" I ask how she thinks the holes have got there and she explains "a slug has eaten them...or could be caterpillar". I asked what has happened to the sunflower and Nellie tells me "its dieded now". When I ask why it has died she replies "it not had enough water". Nellie could tell me that it grows from a "seed". She said "my sunflower at nanny hasn't dieded, Grandad gives it lots of water to grow big".


NS - To look at similarities and differences.



Maths – Number 


Evie's friend has made her a cake with 'candles', her friend said there were four candles but there was only three. I asked Evie how many would she need to make four? Evie replied “we need to add one more” so she placed another 'candle' on the cake. She then said "one more will be five, one more is six, one more seven". Evie was then able to find one more than given numbers up to 10.


NS- To find one less than a given number.


Leuven Scales of Well Being and Involvement

The Leuven Scales acknowledge the critical importance of a child’s emotional well-being on the quality and depth of learning. We use the Leuven Scales to indicate a child's level of Well-Being and Involvement at the time of assessment (low, medium or high level). 

Well-being is defined as ‘the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy’.

Involvement is defined as ‘the fact of being involved with or participating in something’. 

The Leuven Scales support accurate and authentic summative assessment of a child’s knowledge, skills, understanding and learning behaviours.

Characteristics of Effective Learning

The characteristics of effective learning underpin our pupils learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage. The ways in which they engage with others and their environment – playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically – underpin learning and development across all areas and support the children to remain effective and motivated learners. We make judgements about a child's demonstration of the Characteristics of Effective Learning at their particular age and whether or not the learning behaviours defined within these characteristics describes the child.

Continuous Provision

This is how we plan our learning environment. The purpose of continuous provision is: 

"To continue the provision for learning in the absence of an adult". 

Each and every part of our learning environment has been carefully planned

to meet and challenge the development needs of our children. 


"Children have regular access to a well-organised and highly stimulating learning environment, both inside and in the outdoor areas. The imaginative experiences that are provided help them to learn exceptionally well and develop high levels of curiosity".

(Ofsted, 2015)


"Children in the early years make excellent progress and achieve a good level of development. This is because the provision is tailored exceptionally well to their needs". "The provision is very carefully thought out and activities are exceptionally well put together to generate not only strong and secure learning, but also excitement".

(Ofsted, 2017) 


Photos of Our Provision

Examples of our Planning

Topic Knowledge organisers

Transition Documents