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At Tockwith we have had an exciting change to our Early Years Unit. We now have 2 classes, Team Picasso and Team Einstein. Our new unit allows us to free flow between both classrooms and allows children the opportunity to explore all seven areas of their learning.

During the week we have the following activities…

  • Daily phonics sessions
  • Daily maths sessions
  • Weekly forest schools session 
  • Big write writing sessions
  • Wow vocab sessions 

Throughout the day, children access our areas of provision both inside and out. During this time, children are supported in their learning, following their interests and

 fascinations and around our theme for the term.

Early Years Foundation Stage – EYFS

The overarching aim of the EYFS is to help pupils achieve their full potential through the three characteristics of effective learning:


  • Playing and Exploring
  • Active Learning
  • Creative and Critical Thinking 

Children in EYFS will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge, and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and

 development. The three prime areas under

pin the basic building blocks for development. These are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

These 7 areas are used to plan each child’s learning and all activities will be suited to each child’s unique needs and interests. Children will work towards achieving Early learning Goals within these 7 areas.

Play underpins the curriculum provision. Most children play spontaneously, although some may need adult support. It is through play that they develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally.  Reception follows Little Wandle Phonics scheme and uses phonetically decodable books arranged in progressive book bands for reading.