Early Years - Pool Hayes Primary School

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At Pool Hayes, early years provision follows a system of child initiated learning.
This means that we place your child at the centre of our teaching and construct learning opportunities,
which are unique to their individual needs.

Our team is made up of experienced practitioners who work across both Nursery and Reception classes:

Reception (Green Class): Miss Bi - Reception Teacher

Miss Evans - Early Years Teaching Assistant

Nursery (Red Class): Mrs Peasley - Nursery Teacher & Early Years co-ordinator

Mrs Wright - Early Years Teaching Assistant

Mrs Shutt - Nursery Nurse

In line with the requirements of the current Early Years Framework, we work with children to make progress across seven areas of learning. These include:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Communication and Language

Physical Development

Literacy (Reading and Writing)


Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design (which includes music and dance)

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This area includes the strands:

Making Relationships

Self Confidence and Self-Awareness

Managing feelings and Behaviour

Children develop a positive sense of themselves and others. They develop a respect for others, learn how to manage their feelings and develop confidence and security in their own abilities.

Communication and Language

This area includes the strands:

Listening and Attention



Children develop skills through a rich language environment. They become key communicators through the development of a language of expression.

Physical Development

This area includes the strands:

Moving and Handling

Health and Self-Care

Children learn through action, developing a range of skills including strength, dexterity and coordination. They interact with the environment, which constantly adapts to meet their developing needs.

Children learn the importance of physical activity in relation to their own lives, healthy living and good food choices.


Which contains the strands:



Children are taught the importance of linking sounds and letters in preparation for reading and then writing. We follow a developed programme of linguistic phonetics, which allows children to develop at their own pace, in a way which is best for them.


Which contains the strands:


Shape, Space and Measure

Children learn about the importance of number in relation to the world around them. Number really is everywhere!

Children develop their counting skills, understanding and use of number and how number relates to them in their own world. They look at shape, colour and mathematical expression

Understanding the world

Which contains the strands:

People and Communities

The world


Children explore their own communities and cultures and those of others, sharing in a variety of cultural experiences which emanate from around the world. We learn love and respect for differences and develop a cosmic understanding of our own place in the world.

Expressive Arts

Which contains the strands:

Exploring and Using Media and Materials

Being Imaginative

We encourage and enable children to play with a range of media and materials. They are encouraged to share their thoughts, discuss and respond to a variety of music, art, movement, role-play, design and materials.

As we believe in following the child, children are able to learn the same concepts in a range of different ways.

This helps to ensure that children are actively in engaged in their own learning experiences, rather than passively participating and means that the learning will more likely have value.

Therefore in our classrooms, you are far more likely to find a child developing mathematical skills by cooking and flower arranging;

Developing strength and dexterity for writing by playing in the sand and water, or sewing, pegging and playing with dough;

Or learning about the world around them by being active in the outdoors, exploring as nature detectives and looking after plants, living things and growing their own foods (which they will then cook with!)

We believe these are all extremely valuable learning experiences, which allow children to develop as creative, capable and independent people.

Underpinning all our work, we believe that your child is unique, able to learn constantly and who is self-confident and resilient. We work hard to form positive relationships with your child because we know that they are vital to your child’s learning and well-being. We enable environments, to ensure that children learn in the best way for them, forging secure relationships with parents and carers.

All of our work is based in current child development and teaching pedagogy; reflecting the three characteristics of effective learning:
Playing and Exploring – children investigate and experience, showing readiness to ‘have a go’

Active Learning –
children concentrate, engage and keep trying, celebrating their achievements

Creating and Thinking Critically –
children explore their own ideas and develop their own strategies

Each child has their own special book, which will act as a record of their own unique learning journey.

Our daily routine reflects the needs of our children and therefore is not set in stone. Although certain things may always happen, we aim to give children as much time as they need to explore, investigate and learn on their own terms; fulfilling their agenda, rather than that of an adult.

On a typical day our doors will open at 8.40am. The children will be greeted and then self register, before beginning to make choices about how and where they wish to learn.

During the day all children will spend time:

Singing and moving

Exploring indoors and outdoors

Developing literacy and mathematical skills

Engaging in wider aspects of creative learning

But always in ways that are meaningful to the children themselves at appropriate stages of readiness.

We therefore have no formal timetable for specific subjects or areas of learning.

We follow the child.

In the Early Years we aim to:

Provide a supportive learning environment

Allow our children to have fun while they learn, engaging in child initiated play

Make new friends and explore new interests

Encourage our children to become enthusiastic, independent learners

What can you do to help your child?

Spend lots of time talking with your child; play games together and share lots of reading books.

Explore with your child, following their interests and celebrating their individual achievements.

Let us know at school if your child does something new or interesting; or if you have any worries or concerns

Each week we will send home a library book and in Reception, a shared reading book to help with this.

We will also send home a home link each week, so that you can continue to share in your child’s learning journey at home.

You can find further information about the Early Years Foundation Stage at


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