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Minety Church Of England Primary School

"Always treat others as you would like them to treat you" Matthew 7:12 "Shine like the stars" Daniel 12:3

Early Years Foundation Stage(EYFS)

What we say about EYFS at Minety Primary School...

"I believe passionately that children learn at their best when they are happy and relaxed. So our first aim is to help your child settle into school life.   We then put in the first building blocks that underpin their whole education.  

In reception every child travels on the same journey – as in” The Bear Hunt” some run and some travel on an adults shoulders, in this way we support every child to reach their full potential.   We are passionate about reading and have a well developed phonic reading scheme. This then leads into our writing which is always a lot of fun – from scaring the adults by writing 'nit' in the early days, to sending notes to the Head Teacher,  reporting our teachers 'wrong doings' (she has been known to jump over the PE bench or spill a drink !).   We are huge fans of “Numberblocks” and play lots of games and puzzles to help develop our mathematical understanding." Mrs Madeley (Phase Leader)

Curriculum Intent

To work in partnership with parents and carers to encourage independent, happy learners who thrive in school and reach their full potential from their various starting points.

We aim to build on the children’s prior knowledge, by providing them with rich experiences and challenges to help them develop cultural capital. We use our EYFS curriculum to support learning, consolidate understanding and develop children’s next steps.

To create an indoor and outdoor environment that supports learning.

To prepare children to reach the Early Learning Goals at the end of the Foundation Stage and ensure children make good progress from their starting points.

To support transition into KS1.

We are committed to creating a positive, safe and nurturing Christian environment, where all members of the school community will be respected and valued and SHINE. By SHINE in the EYFS curriculum we mean children:

  • Sparkle – show individual strengths and achievements which we celebrate.
  • Help – helping and supporting each other, we teach them to do this by modelling help and support.
  • Imagine – open up learning opportunities thereby supporting them to imagine the possibilities waiting for them.
  • Nurture - grow in their confidence and their ability to care which we help and support.
  • Excel – achieve their full potential in the EYFS curriculum to prepare them for their transition into Year 1.

To read our full intent, implementation and impact, click the link:

Statement of intent


In EYFS we use Letters and Sounds, which is a systematic approach for teaching children to read using phonics. The phonic approach encourages us to directly link letters (graphemes) to sounds (phonemes), and to teach children pure sounds like ahbk when encountering the alphabet. So, children learn how to put sounds represented by letters or letter groups (like ch or igh) together to read words in a more straightforward way.

Letters and Sounds: Notes of Guidance to the Practioners and Teachers by  ETC Educational Technology Connection (HK) Ltd - issuu

White Rose Maths

IN EYFS we use the White Rose Maths scheme, which use a positive approach focusing on reinforcing number competency, whilst providing opportunities to build reasoning and problem solving into each lesson, and encourages each student to build confidence and resilience to achieve in maths.

Early Years Resources | White Rose Maths

Active Learn - Bug Club

We also use Bug Club as part of our phonics programme. Bug Club  captures children’s imagination and nurtures lifelong readers, and it’s proven to work. 

Bug Club Family


Numberblocks is a step-by-step learning journey grouped neatly into five colour-coded levels. Each level introduces ever greater numbers and a sequence of key topics and skills that help your child build natural number sense and a solid foundation of mathematical understanding.

Numberblocks - Wikipedia

Floppy Phonics

The Floppy’s Phonics programme teaches the letter/s-sound correspondences of the English alphabetic code explicitly and comprehensively for reading, spelling and handwriting.

Floppy's Phonics Training [ Pre-Recorded Webinar ] – 12 month access | Floppy's  Phonics

Class 1 have been investigating pumpkins and making pumpkin cakes.

Class 1 had a visit from Officers Chris and Sam who came to tell them all about their police dogs. One was trained to find phones who did a brilliant job of finding Mrs Madeley's which was hidden in a tractor and she was rewarded with her tennis ball. Luna is at school just like them and is learning to be a police dog and Champ is a bigger dog who is very experienced police dog. Officer Chris showed them the jacket he wears when training the dogs and also showed them inside his van. He has lots of dog food and dog toys for training the dogs!

Class 1 have been going on a bear hunt and painting bears as part of our topic Let's Explore.

Class 1 had a fabulous music lesson  with Mrs Walton.  They sang some songs, learnt how to make quiet, medium loud and loud sounds. They also played along to music with shakers and learnt the names of some instruments and the sounds they make.

They  baked some lovely apple cakes with the eggs they bought at the village shop. Yummy!

Class 1 are learning about autumn. They have been looking at apples and pears and they made apple crumbles.

Class 1 did a fantastic assembly all about their explorations, their bear hunt and autumn.

Class 1 have been exploring their local area as part of their topic let's explore. They visited the village shop for some eggs for their baking and found some of their houses on the way. They finished up with a quick visit to the play area at the local park.

Class 1 have been painting self portraits.

Class 1 had a visit from Wayne who told them all about the lifecycle of moths and brought some moths in to show them.

Class 1 have been learning about the lifecycle of the sunflower. They have planted seeds, painted sunflowers and drawn and labelled the parts of the sunflowers.

Class 1 have been planting some seeds to see what happens as they grow.

Class 1 have had fun making apple crumbles to cook and eat.

Class 1 had a wonderful time on their trip to Westonbirt Arboretum. They learnt about lifecycles and searched for leaves and seeds, turned themselves into a tree, made artwork from things they found around them and played a game where they pretended to be bees and butterflies collecting nectar.

Class 1 have been exploring water. Looking at how it flows and what things float and sink.

Class 1 have been learning about spring and combining it with our phonics to find out about animals we see in spring.

Class 1 have been learning about what happens to trees and animals in the autumn and painted trees in their autumn colours.

Class 1 had a lovely a time at the PTA Summer Fair. Thank you PTA.

Class 1 brought in flowers and have been painting them and identifying them.

Class 1 had a visit from some chicks and lambs.

Class 1 have been counting conkers and making them into necklaces.

Class 1 have been painting self portraits.