Early Years

Our EYFS classes are the Antelopes and Bears.

The Early years foundation stage is the curriculum that we follow during your child’s first year in school. This consists of 7 learning and development areas:

Prime areas:

  • Communication and language
    • Listening and Attention
    • Speaking
    • Listening  
  • Physical development
    • Moving and Handling
    • Health and Self-Care 
  • Personal, social and emotional development
    • Self-confidence and Self-awareness
    • Managing feelings and Behaviour
    • Making relationships

And specific areas. These are: 

  • Literacy
    • Reading
    • Writing 
  • Mathematics
    • Number
    • Shape, Space and Measure
  • Understanding the world
    • People and Communities
    • The World
    • Technology
  • Expressive arts and design
    • Exploring and Using Media and Materials
    • Being Imaginative


Our two classrooms are set up to invite, excite and empower children to learn. We have areas where children can be independent and take control of their own learning, choosing their own learning resources to complete challenges, and to engage in group activities, alongside taking part in 1:1 and small group learning tasks led by the class teacher and Learning support assistants. The two EYFS classrooms  are free flow and children can cross between the threshold during free play time in the afternoons. The two classrooms share a lovely free flow outside area, where learning takes place in our outdoor classroom. Children learn to develop their physical and gross motor skills whilst learning skills such as turn taking, cooperative play and team work.

At Beckers Green we believe children learn through play and opportunities to take part in both child led and adult led activities. Children take part in a variety of learning tasks and challenges, and learn new skills to support their learning as they progress through school life.

Children learn in a safe and secure environment, which challenges and stimulates them to be the best they can be, to become independent and successful learners, not being afraid to take challenges and take risks and to be happy and confident in their first year at school.

Children take part in daily phonics lessons, learning the early skills of blending and segmenting and the sounds of the alphabet to begin their early reading journey. They are given daily opportunities to practice these skills in their day to day activities in class. Children in EYFS have continuous provision time, time to play, explore and take the lead in their own learning during the mornings and afternoons when they first start in school. As the year goes on, more formal group learning begins and is built upon, eventually building up to more formal lessons in the mornings and continuous provision free times in the afternoon.

We truly believe that if children are happy, stimulated and excited to come to school, learning will take place and children will thrive as they spend their first year at Beckers Green.