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Welcome to EYFS


Stars Class: Nursery   

Moon Class: Reception   Sun Class: Reception

Our Learning

In EYFS we consider children's learning and development in seven areas:


The three 'Prime' areas underpin all other learning:

Personal, social and emotional development

Communication and language development

Physical development. 


The four 'Specific' areas build on skills and attitudes developed in these prime areas:



Understanding the world

Expressive arts and design


Children reach out to relate to people and things through the Characteristics of Effective Learning, which move through all areas of learning. 

The 'Characteristics of Effective Learning' are:

Playing and exploring

Active learning

Creating and thinking critically

Our learning this term


During the Autumn Term we focus on settling the children into their new classes.  For many of our children, coming to Drayton Park is their first experience of school and we recognise what a big transition this is.  We spend a lot of time getting to know the children, finding out about their interests and how their learn and play.  Staff spend a lot of time playing alongside children and supporting play in order to help friendships develop.


Our overarching theme for the Autumn Term is 'You and Me'.  Through a focus on children's identity, who is in their family, who their friends are, what they like, and celebrating the similarities and differences between us, we aim to develop an community of children in Early Years who care for each other.  This work is ongoing throughout the year.  


After half term we begin to focus on the many autumn and winter festivals and celebrations.  We will learn our first 'Talk for Writing' story and, in Reception, begin teaching Phonics.  For more about our current learning, please have a look at the year group pages below.

Library visits

We visit Central Library on Monday mornings on a three-week rota (see below).  You child will have a card that stays at the library and will be able to borrow a book when we visit, provided you have returned any previously borrowed books.  Books borrowed from the library are your responsibility and you will receive a reminder from the library if books are not returned.


2nd October - Moon

9th October - Sun

16th October - Stars

Half Term

30th October - Moon

6th November - Sun

13th November - Stars

20th November - Moon

27th November - Sun

4th December - Stars

11th December - Moon

18th December - Sun


We need additional adults to accompany us to the library so that we can walk there safely.  We leave school at 10am and arrive back by 11am.  If you can come with us, please let one of the adults in your child's class know.

Parents at school

  • Every Friday from 9.00-9.20am we hold a reading morning in our classes.  Please join us to read some favourite stories with your child and their friends.  Children love it when their parents stay!
  • We hold regular Inspire Mornings across the school.  These are an opportunity for you to find out more about your children's learning, to see your child in the learning environment with their peers, and gather some ideas to help support your child at home.  This year our Inspire mornings will focus on learning through play (Autumn Term), meaningful maths (Spring Term) and storytelling (Summer Term).  We also hold regular parent meetings to share important information with you, for example a phonics meeting in the Autumn Term and a meeting about the EYFS Profile in the Summer Term.
  • We need parents helpers to come with us on trips.  Each class goes to the library every third week (see the rota above) and we always need adults to come with us.  We also run trips to museums, galleries and places of interest.  We try to run a trip every term and always need parent helpers.  Some trips are very popular so, to be as fair as possible, we allocate places on a first come first served basis.  If you are keen to accompany your child and their classmates on a trip, please ensure that you submit your permission form promptly.


Our next parent event is:


Thursday 25th January

2.30-3.30pm in all three EYFS classes