Early Years

Starting school is a huge step for children and their parents.   We work hard to ensure a happy and positive start to school life. A close partnership between home and school is especially important during your child’s first years at school. We want you to share in your child’s learning, celebrate their successes and share any concerns with us.  See our ‘New Hedgehogs’ section on our school website for more information.

Hedgehogs class hosts children in the Early Years Foundation Stage, these YR children engage in child- led and teacher initiated activities learning through play. As they progress through the Foundation Stage, they become’ ready’ to engage in the Year 1 National Curriculum. We embrace outdoor learning in our purpose –built Foundation Stage play area.  There are 3 prime areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage and 4 specific areas, all of which are interrelated.  We plan for learning experiences across all areas both inside and outside.  In 2017, 80% of our children left with a Good Level of Development, achieving above the National average. 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Physical Development

Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Communication and Language

This prime area involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.


Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest.


Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.

Understanding the World

This area of learning involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive Arts and Design

This involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.


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