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Church Lane, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7EZ


Barnburgh Primary School

Learning to shine together


Early Years Foundation Stage

'Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to achieve their full potential.' (EYFS Framework)

"Children are inspired to learn, which is reflected in their positive behaviour. Children happily play, share and learn alongside each other."

"Children make good progress from their starting points." 

"Teachers ensure that the most able children are are identified and challenged to reach the standards of which they are capable."

"The curriculum is well designed and inspired children to explore and learn both inside and outdoors." 

Ofsted, May 2019


"Children are increasingly well prepared for transition to the next age group, especially the more able children."

"Teachers match activities carefully to the learning needs of the children. Children become actively involved in, and thoroughly enjoy, the broad variety of activities."

"The partnership with parents is effective in supporting early learning."

"Relationships at all levels, but particularly between staff and children, are strong."

Local Authority Early Years Review, January 2019

Early Years Leader: Mrs St. Clair 

Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

School Nurseries and Reception classes (and other Early Years providers) must follow a legal document called the Early Years Framework, which has been recently revised.  It is our duty as a school to inform parents about the Framework and offer guidance.   

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum helps your child prepare for more formal learning as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes.  From when your child is born until the age of 5 years, their early years’ experience should be safe, secure and happy and support their learning and development.

There are 7 areas of learning:

  1. Communication and Language
  2. Physical development
  3. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  4. Literacy
  5. Mathematics
  6. Understanding of the World
  7. Expressive arts and design 

These 7 areas of learning are used to plan your child’s learning and activities.  In school, we will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs.  Our flexible and personalised curriculum is planned around the children’s interests and individual needs.  This is done through collecting evidence, including photographs, written observations, children’s work and information from parents/carers. 


Characteristics of Effective Learning 

The characteristics of effective learning play a central role in a pupil’s learning and in becoming an effective learner.  The characteristics of effective learning run through and underpin all 7 areas of learning and development.  They represent processes rather than outcomes.

These are the characteristics of effective learning:

  1. Playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’
  2. Active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements
  3. Creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things 

EYFS practitioners will comment and make observations of how pupils demonstrate the characteristics of effective learning and will use this information to plan for next steps in learning.

The Key Person

The Key Person Approach is one of the vital principals in the Early Years Foundation Stage and is a statutory requirement of the framework. It is a reciprocal relationship between a member of staff, individual child and their family.  It provides the child with a sense of security so that they feel confident to explore their world and form further relationships.

The role of the Key Person is to know their individual children and to support their sense of identity and individuality.  They need to be aware of their individual child’s and family’s needs, preferences and development.

Our Key Person Policy can be accessed by clicking here.


Parental Engagement  

The guidance for the Early Years Curriculum makes it clear how parents/carers need to be involved in contributing to their child’s learning journey.

Regular conversations with your child’s key person will enable current interests to be discussed, current levels of development to be shared or concerns to be passed on.

We kindly ask that you share your child’s learning and development at home by adding your own observations on 2Simple.  An example observation…

20.05.17 Beth really enjoyed planting sunflower seeds in pots this weekend.  She commented that the seeds had repeating patterns. Everyday, she has checked to see if the seeds have grown.

You can also tell us about a special achievement using a ‘Proud Parents’ card. For example…

04.03.17 Sam rode his bike without stabilisers for the first time – he was so brave!


How Can You Help Your Child At Home?  

A parent’s guide to supporting learning and development was published in 2015 by 4Children.  It is called, ‘What to Expect When?’ and can be accessed by clicking here.  This document has very recently been revised and the new document can be downloaded using this link

If you would like a paper copy of this document, please just ask.

All the fun activities that you do with your child at home are important in supporting their learning and development, and have a really long lasting effect on your child’s learning as they progress through school.

Below you will find ideas to support Literacy and Maths learning at home.

We hope you find this information useful.  If you would like any further information, please see Mrs St. Clair or your child’s key person.