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Parent workshops

Thank you to all our parents who attended the Reading and Phonics, Writing and Maths workshops, it was lovely to see so many parents learning with their children.

Early Years Curriculum

Pre school and Reception classes follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum underpinned by the Early Years Outcomes which is progressive, building on the skills and knowledge that a child already has. The approach to learning is through a range of play-based activities which encourage the child to learn at their own pace and ability. Play is a key way in which young children learn. It is enjoyable and challenging. In the Reception classes, we ensure that there is a balance of structured and 'free' play, in more structured sessions play is purposeful and carefully planned objectives, and in 'free' play children follow their own interests with staff carefully intervening only to move learning on. It is important to remember that young children do not learn passively. They learn best by doing and being actively involved in their learning.

Your child has already learnt a great deal by the time they join us. These early years are the most formative and together parents and staff play a crucial part in establishing appropriate attitudes and approaches to learning in the children.

The year your child spends in pre - school is the first of two years of the Foundation Stage, which ends at the end of the Reception year, before the Key Stage One begins in Year 1.

The curriculum in the Foundation Stage is broad and balanced. We aim to ensure that social, emotional, physical, aesthetic and intellectual development are provided through a range of activities based around play, which is challenging and developmental for each child.

In accordance with the Early Years Outcomes, we support, foster and develop children’s' learning in the following areas:

Communication and language

Physical development

Personal, Social and Emotional development


The above three prime areas are strengthened and applied through;



Understanding the world  and

Expressive arts and design

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Curriculum Plan

Planning is cross curricular and although staff plan using several topics each term, this begins with a ‘thought shower’ finding out what children know and want to find out, this also informs staff about next steps,. Children’s interests within these topics are fed into any future plans.

Curriculum Topics this year include;

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term






Our World


We place an emphasis on the social and emotional well being of children in the Foundation stage and the curriculum is planned to ensure that every child is given the opportunity to succeed individually. The children are provided with a well equipped, attractive outdoor learning environment which enhances their learning across the curriculum.

Links with Pre School

The Early Years Team work closely with our pre school helping to ease the transition for the children into Reception. Children have opportunities to play in the Reception classes to help familiarise children with both the staff and the setting.

If you have not viewed our brochure already, please see our Early Years Brochure under the 'Classes and Curriculum' tab for more information.  We also encourage visits to the Reception classes. 

Before children start school we offer all parents a home visit from their child’s teacher.  This gives children and parents the opportunity to ask questions in the safety of their own home. We have found these sessions of great benefit to children starting school and would recommend them to you.

The start of school is an important time for any child and we are happy to discuss individual needs with parents.  We have a flexible approach to admission and will work with parents to make the transition into school a positive experience for you and your child.  Please contact the early years staff if you would like to discuss your child’s entry to school.

June/July 2016

Its been a long term and our Reception children have been working hard ! They have made so much progress and are really excited about moving to Year 1 in September.  They have really enjoyed their last term and it has included a trip to the Zoo, Sports Day, Den building day, Circus Skills and a range of Sports activities.. THe children really enjoyed our Minibeast topic, especially as our trees were fulll of ladybirds.  Have a look at our photographs to see what they have been up to!

April 2016

Spring has arrived at Tredworth Infant school and the Reception children have been celebrating it in lots of ways.  They began the term with a trip on  asteam train and a tedy bears picnic, they have been discovering how animals and plants grow, planting seeds and cress and enjoing visits from lots of animals and creepy crawlies. They have also found out about the Spring Festival 'Holi' and went home looking very colourful !!

February/March 2016

Our Reception classes have been learning about all forms of transport this term. They were especially interested in the Fire Engine which came to visit and this led to lots of interest and activities centering around people who help us. In April they will also be taking part in a trip on a train and a teddy bears picnic!

World Book day and Sports Relief led into Easter and the children have been making Easter hats and cakes

January 2016

The weather has been very changeable and our Winter topic has a least had some ice and frost for the children to experience and talk about. The children have been playing in a winter wonderland and playing with fake snow (as we haven't yet had any naturally). They have been exploring ice in lots of different ways. They are all trying really hard to read simple words and sentences and count and add beyond 10, they have been really interested in 'Frozen', 'People and Animals who live in cold countries' and Snowmen!

Christmas 2015

Christmas is a very busy time in the Reception classes.  They have been practising for their Nativity performance and have been singing and acting beautifully!

Reception September 2015

Our Reception children have settled in well and are having lots of fun in school ! As well as familiarising themselves with school, they have been talking about themselves and their families and sharing their experiences.

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