Early Years Foundation Stage





Our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is an integral part of Firs Primary School. Our aim is to provide an environment where each child feels happy, safe and secure.  At the start of the academic year 2015, we had a refurbishment giving us a newly decorated environment and brand new equipment to help support and develop the children in their learning. The Foundation Stage unit includes all children in Foundation Stage 1 and Foundation Stage 2 . Foundation 1 (FS1) is sometimes called ‘nursery and Foundation 2 (FS2) is also known as ‘reception’.

Themes and Principles of the EYFS

At Firs Primary School we take guidance from Development Matters in the EYFS (a non-statutory guidance to help us to teach the statutory guidance). Set out in this document are the themes and principles that underlie our practice in the Foundation Stage.

Areas of Learning and Development

The Early years Foundation Curriculum is based on ongoing observation and assessment in three prime and four specific areas of learning and the three learning characteristics, which are set out below:

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


The Learning Characteristics



  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically





Click on the link below to download a copy of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage:

EYFS Statutory Framework



Meet the Team


Miss R Marley – EYFS team leader/teacher

Miss F Gilder – EYFS teacher

Mrs A Ottewell – EYFS teaching assistant

Mrs L Capewell – EYFS teaching assistant

Our EYFS unit









School Council Members


Each class has one child who represents their class on the school council. The school council allows the children to voice their opinions and to improve their school. Our school councillors are;



Class Dojo Masters


Each class has a Dojo Master. Their job is to make sure everyone is following the Firsy values; Fascinated, Independent, Respectful, Sociable and having a You can do it attitude. They also get the opportunity to greet visitors who come to visit the class.


Gold Book


Every week, pupils from each class are chosen to go into the school Gold Book, this may be either for following our ‘Firsy Five’ school values or to be recognised for an achievement. The children will receive a certificate and sticker in assembly.

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Quality texts


We recognise the importance of children having access to good quality texts throughout their time at school. Some of the books that we will read over the year include-




  • Dear Zoo
  • The Hungry Caterpillar                                                                              
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
  • Owl Babies
  • Peace at Last
  • Handa’s Surprise
  • The Gingerbread Man
  • Grumpy Frog
  • Whatever next!
  • The Gruffalo







We’re really excited to cover the following topics this year!

Autumn 1 & 2- Will you read me a story?

Spring 1-  Are we there yet?

Spring 2-  Why do Zebras have stripes?

Summer 1- Are carrots orange?

Summer 2- What is a reflection?/ What’s that sound?


Curriculum Overview




What are we learning this half term?



This term (Autumn) our topic is called ‘Will you read me a story?’ We will be learning all about Fairytales and how they differ in settings, characters and events as well as the countries they come from. The children will learn to orally retell the stories and innovate them by changing the setting, characters or events. The children will also begin to write captions, recounts of events and book reviews.







Memorable experience













Learning at home



Each week the children will have the opportunity to take home a new library book. This could be shared together at bedtime. During the year, we will also send out other materials that you can support your child with at home.



Your child will be given a reading book to take home. We would encourage you to read with them as much as possible. We will hear your child read their reading book once a week and in addition they will have daily reading practice during our Read Write Inc sessions. We will change your child’s reading book weekly.

Home Learning Book

This will be sent home weekly on a Friday. Please help your child but we would like them to be as independent as possible. We do not send home anything for the children that we have not covered in class or spoken about. Please return the home learning book by the following Wednesday.


PE days

Reception will have the opportunity to have a teacher led PE session on a Tuesday.


On the odd occasion our PE day might change due to other experiences at school. Please can your children bring their PE kit in at the beginning of each half term and take it home at the end to wash.





Important dates

Tuesday 10th September – Back to school

Contact Us

Firs Primary School
Raven Street
DE22 3WA
Telephone: 01332 346230
Fax: 01332 200782