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East Preston Infant School

East Preston Infant School

Early Years Foundation Stage

At East Preston Infant School we provide a child centred curriculum based on the National Curriculum and Foundation Stage curriculum. 
We believe play is a very important part of learning, essential to the healthy development of children.  The Reception classes provide opportunities for a wide variety of play experiences both in the classroom/outdoor area and in the playground.  Your child will be given daily guidance and ideas and time to initiate their own learning and follow their own interests.  There is a balance between adult directed and child initiated learning. The Reception children are encouraged to use their imagination and are actively supported in their play by their teacher and learning assistant through:-

  • sharing play
  • setting examples
  • finding resources
  • following up interests
  • offering challenges
  • encouraging the use of language and problem solving


The classrooms and resources
The three Reception classrooms each have their own toilet area and cloakroom and safe access to an enclosed outdoor classroom.  Here the children learn with a wide range of resources and mix with peers from all the Reception classes.

Within the Reception area, the following opportunities and resources are available:-

Sand and water play
Early experience of writing
Music making
Mathematical activities

Scientific activities
Book Corner
Construction toys
Creative play areas
Role play areas

Wheeled toys
Remote control toys
Interactive whiteboards
Large bricks
Computing options

Adult help
Your class teacher is supported by a learning assistant.  Their role is to:-

  • listen and talk to the children
  • respond to their physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs
  • extend the children's learning by helping, encouraging and supporting them
  • observe and evaluate what learning is taking place
  • meet together regularly to discuss and share experiences with the view to planning for future learning

Since education is seen as an integrated learning journey the Reception classes focus on cross-curricular themes and the detailed planning addresses the general areas of learning that have been identified as appropriate for 4 and 5 year olds under the government principles entitled 'The Early Years Foundation Stage' (EYFS).

Click on the icons below to see some of the possible learning projects/interest themes of the year group and the skills that the children will be learning.