Oakhill Primary School

‘Working together for a brighter future’

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) applies to children from birth to the end of Foundation Stage 2 (Reception). In our school children can join us once they turn 3 years-old in our Foundation Stage 1 class (Nursery), and continue into Foundation Stage 2 (Reception). Each year group is split into two class 'bases' but children are allowed to move freely between during the majority of the day. 

Vision and Ethos

Through our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), we intend to provide children with the best possible start to their school life, providing the foundations upon which their education can be built to enable them to fulfil their potential.


Our Aims:

  • To provide a secure, safe, caring and stimulating environment where all children are valued.
  • To develop a positive attitude and enjoyment for learning.
  • To provide a wide variety of opportunities to learn through play.
  • To encourage independence and confidence.
  • To work together in partnership with parents and carers, valuing the role that they play.
  • To ensure all children make excellent progress in their learning and reach their full potential.


During their inspection in October, Ofsted graded our Early Years as a very strong 'Good'. They told us that the children get off to an excellent start and their report stated the following: "Children get off to a speedy start...From the Early Years to Year 6, children listen respectfully to the views of others". The curriculum and environment were also highly praised with one inspector stating that the environment was breathtakingly attractive. 



Teaching and Learning in EYFS


The Curriculum

Our EYFS curriculum has been thoughtfully designed to suit the needs of our children, providing them with a wide variety of opportunities and experiences to learn through play. The curriculum has been split into half termly topics to engage children, building upon prior experiences they may have had outside of school and exposing them to new. The scope for learning within these topics is wide and adaptable, enabling children the opportunity to achieve and exceed expectations in all areas of the EYFS curriculum whilst preparing them, and equipping them with necessary knowledge and understanding for the next phase of their educational journey. To see our EYFS learning themes and how this links to the National Curriculum of KS1 and KS2 please see the progressive curriculum document and overview below. 


Form more detail on our approach in EYFS please read our EYFS Policy below.