Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage

Our Learning journeys include:

In reception, the framework that we follow is the Early Years Foundation Stage Development Matters.

  • Our first day of school – what we enjoyed learning and how we settled in.
  • Our topics – the chance to see our observations, work and pictures of each topic that we have learnt about. On each page you will see how we are learning and developing.
  • The great outdoors – A chance to explore our outdoor area as we look at nature at its best! Photos and observations will show you what we have been learning.

Our learning is guided by the children’s interests so therefore our topics develop and grow with our children.

Learning Environments:

Our brand new Primary Phase provides a wonderfully spacious, light and airy learning environment which includes two classrooms joined by a cloakroom with a wet/messy play, shared area.  The indoor environment leads directly onto a beautifully designed outdoor environment which flows across our Early Years Foundation Stage, including our Pre-School.  This supports cohesive planning for the Early Years.

We are currently developing our brand new shared outdoor area and have plans for A Mud Kitchen, Reading Area, Den Building Area and a Planting Area, which will be in place shortly!

The Early Years Workshop:

This workshop is designed to give:

  • A greater understanding of the Foundation curriculum;
  • A clearer understanding of how we assess your child;
  • Ways in which you can support your child’s learning at home;

A better understanding of what your child will be experiencing during their first year of school.

Cavendish School EYFS Booklet

Phonic phases and sounds:

Throughout Reception we will cover phases 1, 2, 3, and 4. The children will secure their understanding of phonics through daily fun and active sessions.

Phase 2

S, a, t, p, I, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss

Phase 3

J, v, w, x, y, z, zz, qu, ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er

Phase 4

In this phase there are no new sounds. We secure our understanding of phase 2 and 3 sounds by reading and writing longer words!

Phase 5

New phoneme ‘zh’, new graphemes and alternative sounds:

ay, ou, ie, ea, oy, ir, ue, aw, wh, ph, ew, oe, au, a__e, e__e, i__e, o__e, u__e

Review and consolidate phases 3 – 4

Phonics Workshop:

We teach phonics using the letters and sounds scheme alongside jolly phonics.  Jolly phonics teaches the children actions and songs alongside the grapheme and phoneme for each sound.

Key words: A grapheme is the written form of the letter/sound.  A phoneme is the sound the letter makes.  Two letters together that make one sound for example ‘sh’ we call a digraph. Three letters that make one sound we call a trigraph.

It is important that we teach the children the pure sounds to aid in their blending, when reading.

When helping children read at home, ensure children our sounding out the unknown word and blending the sounds together to make a recognisable word.  Children will need to be reminded to sound out the sounds quickly without hesitation in order to blend.

Phonics Workshop Resources:


By the end of Reception we are aiming for the following:

  • Counts reliably with numbers from 1-20
  • Recall one more and one less for numbers to 20
  • Add and subtract two single digit numbers
  • Places numbers 1-20 in order

Maths Workshop:

Thinking is at the heart of Mathematics and therefore should be at the heart of mathematical teaching and learning. The workshop took parents on a journey from reception play based mathematics through reasoning and problem solving up to and including Year 3.

We teach maths using concrete, visual and abstract representations, it is vital for all children to have access to this method of learning at any age.  It helps consolidate previous skills as well as underpin and enhance newly learnt skills.

Numicon plays a major role in the development of children’s mathematical reasoning and understanding in EYFS.  It enables children to visualise and see patterns and recognise place value very quickly.  They see the 5 Numicon is larger than the 2 for example.

Support across all subject areas: