Fordham Primary School

Fordham Primary School

Early Years

Play provides the context and purpose for learning in Early Years, where a balance of child and adult initiated activities are used to challenge and extend the outcomes for our children. A multi-sensory approach is essential to each child's development as a learner and therefore we provide a stimulating and creative learning environment. Directed teaching sessions occur in whole class and in group situations to make sure the needs of our range of abilities and ages are met. All staff have high expectations of children and therefore teaching is appropriate to not only the child's starting points and learning needs, but also the nationally agreed expectations for their age.  


Each child in Early Years has a Learning Journey that documents their progress in the 17 areas of learning or Early Learning Goals (ELGs).  Since September 2015, this record is accessed online through a secure programme called 'Tapestry'. All staff in the Early Years Foundation Stage have a responsibility to make assessments and observations, maintaining the online Learning Journeys to ensure they are an accurate representation of each child's learning.  Tapestry also allows parents and children to add comments and photographs at home.


We work towards each child achieving a Good Level of Development (GLD) during their time in Early Years which can then be built upon in Key Stage 1 and beyond.  Understanding and tracking what a Good Level of Development looks like throughout a child's time in Early Years, ensures that barriers to learning are identified early and each child makes progress. As new parents / carers to the school, you may have a host of questions. Don't be afraid to come and ask us!

EYFS Policy

Early Years Foundation Stage - DfE Statutory Guidance

4 Children Parents Guide


 Phonic resources from the recent parents' evening:


Phonics Booklet