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Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage


We believe that all of our pupils can achieve and each pupil has their own personal talent. Our Wow beginnings immerse pupils in experiences that inspire them throughout their learning. This term in our topic 'Happy Mind, Happy Me' we will be learning all about ourselves, our families and our feelings. 


Our curriculum encompasses child initiated experiences, balanced with group inputs and one to one teaching time. All of our pupils have the opportunity to access our spacious outdoor area every day, where they flourish into resilient, collaborative and confident learners. Our inside ‘Sunshine room’ promotes Expressive Art and Design, alongside fine motor and water play. Outside the ‘Enchanted Wood’ offers imaginative play – with a storytelling 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. We use lots of different resources to teach number and pupils quickly learn to count, add and subtract. They soon develop knowledge of number bonds, through visual representation. 


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