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Early Years Foundation Stage

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Early Years Foundation Stage


At Hillborough Infant and Nursery School, in Reception and Nursery, we follow the Early Years Outcomes to plan meaningful opportunities that are tailored to our pupils next steps.

We believe that all of our pupils can achieve and each pupil has their own personal talent; our WOW performances at the end of our topics showcase these talents, for example dancing, singing, role play and large scale artwork. Our Wow beginnings immerse pupils in experiences that inspire them throughout their learning, some examples include our Crime Scene Investigation, an imaginary trip to outer space and people who help us.

Our curriculum encompasses a child initiated experience, balanced with group inputs and one to one teaching time. All of our pupils have the opportunity to access our spacious outdoor area everyday, where they flourish into resilient, collaborative and confident learners. Our inside ‘Den’ area promotes Expressive Art and Design, alongside fine motor and water play and our outside ‘Enchanted Wood’ offers imaginative play – with a story telling chair, sensory kitchen and large sandpit, as well as large water wall and planting area. Our playground promotes gross motor skills, with large climbing equipment and a construction shed. The large open construction items e.g. crates, planks, tyres and reels also promote pupils’ imaginative and collaborative play.

We teach Read, Write Inc phonics every day and pupils swiftly learn phonemes, graphemes and develop their blending and segmenting skills. They develop a love of books and are motivated to start to read, Read, Write Inc story books – whilst enjoying sharing these at home with their families. We use numicon to teach number and pupils quickly learn to count, add and subtract. They soon develop knowledge of number bonds, through visual representation. At child initiated times links to literacy and numeracy are promoted throughout, for example through role play, mark making, construction and problem solving.

At Hillborough Infant and Nursery School. first and foremost we develop our pupils love of learning. Our school drivers consist of possibilities, community, arts and wellbeing and these are at the heart of our curriculum.