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Welcome to Ringsfield Primary School EYFS Unit

Our unit consists of a Nursery and Reception Class and therefore caters for children between the ages of 2 - 5 years. There are two qualified teachers who work across the classes and they are supported by EYFS practitioners.

All of the practitioners are qualified to at least NVQ Level 2 and we ensure that the ratios are met for the number of children we have in both classes.

The learning that takes place in the EYFS unit follows the key Principles of the EYFS Framework and we also follow the EYFS Development Matters document to guide the teaching and learning.

We plan our provision to allow the children to develop the Characteristics of Effective Learning and to meet the expections of teaching of the 7 Areas of Learning. 


This is our Reception Classroom


This is our Nursery Classroom

How Children Learn in the EYFS

Through play and purposeful activities, the Early Years curriculum is designed to encourage learning which builds on and extends your child’s existing knowledge, experiences and interests in a caring and stimulating environment. Children learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outdoors. We ensure each child is reaching their full potential by observing and extending their play and encouraging them to do their best at every opportunity.

The 7 areas of learning and development, as set out by the EYFS Framework are:

The three prime areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning and will help them to develop skills in the four specific areas which are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


We have a focus on phonics throughout the school using the newly revised 'Little Wandle Letters and Sounds' and our maths is taught using the 'Maths Mastery' approach. Parent guides to both phonics and maths in Reception can be found on the Reception Class curriculum page.

Characteristics of Effective Learning

Playing and exploring (engagement) - Finding out and exploring, playing with what they know and being willing to ‘have a go’.

Active learning (motivation) - Being involved and concentrating, keeping trying and enjoying achieving what they set out to do.

Creating and thinking critically (thinking) - Having their own ideas, making links and choosing ways to do things.

All of these characteristics are skills the children need to become independent and successful learners.

The Learning Journey

Each child in the EYFS has a ‘Learning Journey’ file which is a record of experiences and learning presented through photographs and observations made of your child at school. All staff working with your child will add to the file and use it to identify the next steps in your child’s learning. At Ringsfield we use an online version of the file called ‘Tapestry’ which allows parents to access their child’s file from home and add to it with their own comments and photographs etc. At the end of the year parents are given their child’s learning journey as a PDF file to keep, share and treasure.

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