Beech Class

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) begins at birth and ends when a child is 5, at the end of the reception year. The Early Years unit at Alveley Primary School caters for children aged 3 - 5 years old, traditionally the nursery and reception classes.

 The Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework published in 2012 (updated in 2014) by the Department for Education that sets the standards for the development, learning and care of children from birth to five.


The EYFS Profile summarises and describes children’s attainment at the end of the EYFS. It is based on ongoing observation and assessment of the three characteristics of effective learning throughout the three prime and four specific areas of learning. There are 17 Early Learning Goals associated with the 7 areas of learning. The children are assessed against these goals at the end of the Reception year.


Characteristics of effective learning:

  • playing and exploring
  • active learning
  • creating and thinking critically

The prime areas of learning:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development

The specific areas of learning:

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

This booklet, "What to expect, when?", looks at the stages of development before the Early Learning Goals and may be of interest to you. We use these stages to track your child's progress before they have reached the ELGs.


In EYFS at Alveley School, we follow a child led approach to play based learning with the belief that each child develops at his or her own pace. The teachers and teaching assistants support and develop the children in their learning, focusing upon the child's interests and taking opportunities to support and extend their learning in a meaningful context. Play is a child's work, we follow their personal exploration and natural inquisitiveness to extend and develop learning opportunities.


This positive ethos is at the heart of the EYFS at Alveley. It is extremely important that the children feel happy and comfortable within the setting; where they are constantly supported and encouraged. The children's achievements are recognised and celebrated. This ethos allows for and encourages problem solving, resilience, curiosity and high levels of engagement. All adults recognise the importance of developing a strong, positive, trusting relationship with each child, knowing each of them as an individual.

Pupils are gradually introduced to more teacher directed activities, whereby the learning experiences follow the children’s interests, linking to a termly topic. Initial ideas of enhancements and stimulus within the environment link to the termly topic and allow children to further develop their learning.

To maximise learning opportunities, the children have daily access to both an indoor and outdoor classroom, and are encouraged to make their own choices. The environment is carefully planned to develop the children's learning experiences. 

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This term we have been thinking about Our World and how we can take care of it. We have enjoyed reading Lottie’s Letter and Charlie and Lola - Look After Your Planet, along with other books. We have found out more about ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’. In our class we have made our own recycling centre and also made our own recycled paper! While reusing our rubbish we have enjoyed junk modelling, individually and in groups working together in the hall on a large scale.


To view our Spring term overview please click here 

We enjoyed reading traditional tales in class. After enjoying Goldilocks and the Three Bears we decided to make our own porridge. We made our porridge and tried different toppings, we then voted for our favourites. After making porridge we wrote recipes, prepared for a teddy bears party and collected votes from children in other classes. Some of us even made our own porridge in the mud kitchen!


EYFS really enjoyed welcoming parents and carers for an afternoon of Easter crafts, cake and a chance to catch up on the children’s learning over the Spring term. Thank you to all of those who were able to join us!


In EYFS we have been fascinated as we have observed the life cycle of a frog. We have really enjoyed watching them grown and develop from frogspawn.

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Friday 7th September 2018

Welcome back

It has been lovely to welcome our children back into school and to get to know our new friends who have started with us this term. We have had lots of fun exploring the environment and playing with each other. It has been great to see how well everyone has settled in together. It has also been lovely to take part in the daily school routines such as lunchtimes and assembly. We are looking forward to next week!



Our topic this term has been Homes. We have enjoyed talking about our own homes, sharing photographs and painting pictures. We have also read lots of stories about homes. The Three Little Pigs captured our interest and we had lots of fun finidng different ways to tell the story - both inside and outside the classroom. We created our own pigs masks to use in our play and collaged the three houses. This lead us on to develop our own stories such as 'The Three Little Mermaids' and 'The Three Little Giraffes'!

Animal homes

Within our topic animal homes have captured our interest. We have been particuarly facinated by woodland animals, we have enjoyed learning more about woodland animals, building animal homes in the forest and sharing stories about animal homes which have inspired our activities. We are currently reading 'The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark', we have enjoyed creating art work of woodland creatures, looking carefully at the features within the illustrations and selecting resources from our creative trolley for our artwork. Reading the story has led us to share our own special memories which we then recorded. We have also been interested in exploring and investigating light and dark which has developed vocabulary.



Child Initiated Learning

We loved to engage in the provision within our environment. Taking the opportunity to follow our own interests and engage in meaningul learning experiences; adults can then engage with us to support and extend us to further develop learning opportunities at an appropriate level for our individual next steps.


Constructing a pirate ship in the outdoor area! 


Taking turns to play Spotty Dogs!


Cooking in the mud kitchen

Counting on the IWB



Painting in the creative area

Exploring in the outdoor water tray


Outdoor music