Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others; to for 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.’ (EYFS)

Taking care of each other

Working in groups

Making Relationships

Sharing special times together

Using our imaginations and working together

Respecting the natural world

Physical Development

Physical development 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 their food.

Bending and Stretching Through Yoga

Physical Challenges

Scientific and Creative Exploration in our Creek

Physically Challenged Through Tool Use

Curiosity to Explore the Natural World

Team Work, Tyre Rolling

Team Work and Social Interaction

Team Work and Problem Solving, Den Building Together

Role Play

Literacy, Communication and Language Development

Communication and Language and Literacy development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment that encourages them to express themselves as confident speakers and listeners. It also inspires them to develop the skills they need as readers and writers, through an enriched print environment that nurtures a love of books and storytelling and making marks. (EYFS)

Please follow this link for further information about children Learning to Communicate

Mark Making Explorations Outside

Writing Opportunities Through Forest Schools

Focused Target Time Writing

Writing to Enhance their Imaginative Constructing

Making Marks at Every Opportunitiy

Writing the Poem of the Week

Squiggle Wiggle Dancing, and its Links to Writing

Squiggle Wiggle Writing, After the Dancing

Sticks Make Great Mark Making Tools

Enjoying Mark Making Together

Writing with Charcoal from our Fire Pit

Exploring Phonics

Please Sign the Bike Track Register

Bringing Stories to Life

Enjoying Stories at Forest Schools

The Tiger Who Came to Tea having a Tea Party Outside

Maths Development

‘Mathematics 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.’ (EYFS)

Recording number

Shape and space

Problem solving - patterns and algorithms in nature

Measurement - Time

Counting & Calculation

Number recognition

Understanding the World Development

‘Understanding the world 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.’ (EYFS)

Science - magnification

The natural world

History - human and animal evolution

ICT & Computing - using augmented reality to bring lessons to life

Computing - codes, algorithms and programmes

Geography- animals and global habitats

Expressive Arts and Design Development

‘Expressive Arts and Design involves enabling children to explore and play with a range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology. (EYFS)

Large Scale Construction

Enjoying Dance

Natural Creations, Anyone for Damson Tea?

Atelier using Creative Resources

Collaborative Water Play in the Creek

Creativity on a Large Scale

Artists Visiting, to Share their Expertise

Exploring and Engaging in Tactile Explorations

Music, Percussion and Singing

Creative Happiness

Specialised Areas of the curriculum

Academically More Able (AMA)

The Aspiration Group is a ‘higher order thinking skills’ group which runs in school to challenge children’s knowledge, skills and awareness of different abstract and worldly concepts. We look at issues around ecosystems, the solar system, computing, calculation, ethical purchasing, human rights, British values, evolution, emotional literacy etc.

This group is part of our provision for the academically more able children in school and children attend on different days. We also run an off-shoot, called the ‘Travelling Aspirations’ where Travel Ted visits children at home and extends their learning with families.

Our provision for the academically more able has been recognized nationally for it’s high standards and it is an integral part of our daily provision.

Solar System

Archaeology and Extinction



STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths.

Ecosystems - Millipedes: natural recycling in the rainforest

Eco Schools

Our ECO attitude!

We are very proud to have gained our 5th ECO SCHOOL Green Flag!

This is an aspect of our ethos that links closely with our passion for OUTDOOR LEARNING.  We value the importance for developing a rich environmentally friendly attitude, involving the children in creating, nurturing and respecting the world that they live in and for others around them.  The children have a curiosity and enthusiasm for learning outdoors and all the awe and wonder that this has to offer them.  Our Forest School provision is recognised for it’s Outstanding teaching, and is embedded into our ethos for outdoor learning.  We are very proud of our continuous recognition  for our hard work towards achieving and maintining the ECO Schools Green Flag award.

Always Embracing our Climate

Growing our own Crops, we have lots of Fruit Trees.

Baking with our Hravested Produce

Composting our Waste

Baking Bread and Butter Pudding with Fare Share Ingredients

Supporting Fair Trade

Supporting National Initiatives

Supporting National Surveys

Recycling and Reusing to Make New Things

Respecting the Natural World

Creating Eco Systems and Habitats for Wildlife and Exploration

Making New Homes, this is for BumbleBees Over Wintering

Making Habitats for Creatures we Find

Always Finding Room for More

Our Amazing Solar Dome

Planting and Growing

Caring for our Crops

Learning to be Respectful and Responsible

Supporting British Values

Celebrating National Days

Working Towards our Modeshift Stars Travel Smart Award

Forest Schools

‘A Forest School is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning’ (Forest School website) It motivates and challenges children to explore and engage with the natural world within a woodland environment and encourages them to embrace and enjoy their climate.  Our children learn through an enthusiasm for being outside, they enjoy being challenged and are encouraged to take managed risks, with the support of highly trained Forest School Leaders.  We are very proud of the 2 outstanding woodland areas, the school team have developed, on site, that allow magical outdoor learning opportunities to happen.

Having fun in the Autumn Leaves

Using Tools to Whittle Sticks

Helping to Prepare the Fire Pit

We Cook on our Forest School Fire

Physical Challenges, Enabled through Controlled Risk Taking

Mud Pie Kitchen Fun in the Woodland

Pond Exploration and Pond Dipping Fun

We Have 2 Stimulating Woodland Environments

Physical Challenges Help us to Reach New Heights

Creating Imaginative Habitats and Dens

Our Amazing Outdoor Woodland Rotunda Classroom

Global Citizenship

The ethos of our school is based on a belief in the basic rights and responsibilities we all share, to respect, love and show compassion for ourselves, each other and the natural world. Our long-term aim is thus to have a dynamic impact on the local community in which our children live and grow. We hope that this will consequently reach into and inspire other communities, thus spread the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to achieve a sustainable world.

Neuro science - Taking responsibility for our actions and showing compassion and respect for all

Eco systems and the human impact

National and International Structures - Building Giant's Causeway

Communities around the world

Animal welfare

Composting & recycling

Characteristics of Effective Learning

All children are born ready, willing and able to learn.  What children learn is underpinned by how they learn, and the Characteristics of Effective Learning concentrate on their development skills which enable children to learn.  These are skills for life.


The 3 areas of Characteristics of Effective Learning are:


Playing and Exploring (P&E)


Active Learning (AL)


Creating & Thinking Critically (C&TC)


P&E - Exploring & Taking Risks

P&E - Curiosity & Challenge

P&E - Imagination & Pretending

AL - Involved & Concentrating

AL - Perserverance & Resiliance

AL - Motivation & Achievement

C&TC - Choosing & Deciding

C&TC - Thinking & Testing

C&TC - Solving Problems & Evaluating

For more information about the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the statutory requirements in school, please Visit the URL below.