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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 of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This 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 their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Communication and Language

This 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.

Physical Development

This 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.


This involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.


This 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 of the World

This 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.

Characteristics of Effective Learning

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

Active learning (motivation) - Being involved and concentrating Keeping trying Enjoying achieving what they set out to do.

Creating and thinking critically (thinking) - Having their own ideas Making links 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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