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Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years and Foundation Stage at Baldwins Hill School prepares the children for the wider world through consistent modelling of good behaviour strategies and language, helping children to relate to both their peers and adults in a positive way, and helping children develop vital life-skills, such as safety, kindness and considerate behaviour. 

Day to day, the children learn by working and playing in a free-flow environment in which they have constant access to a wide variety of resources, including computers, role-play areas, creative and outside areas. By fostering independence and encouraging initiative at all times, the children learn through self-initiation and play in a safe, friendly and stimulating environment.  

All teaching and learning is based around the government non-statutory document, Development Matters, and children work towards achieving the Early Learning Goals in the Prime and Specific Areas.  Teachers work closely with the children to ascertain and follow their interests, and so adapt the curriculum and learning to their specific needs.  Short teaching inputs, group work, and one-to-one reading help ensure that the children are challenged and that the pace of learning is maintained.  


Learning experiences are created around children's interests and use key texts to excite and engage the children in their learning.  Like the rest of the school, the children engage in a Stunning Start and Fabulous Finish, ensuring that their learning has a clear end goal and the children understand what they are learning and why. 


Here are some examples of experiences that have been taught in previous years, however these may be altered and adapted based on the needs and interests of the learners in subsequent years.


Autumn Term 1

Autumn Term 2

Spring Term 1

Spring Term 2

Summer Term 1

Summer Term 2

Key text

Naughty Bus

The Everywhere Bear

Panda (non-fiction)

Jack and the Beanstalk


What the Ladybird heard

Learning question

What has he been up to?

Where would you take him?

What can we learn about Bears?

Once upon a time… Can you tell a story?

How can we help heroes to be healthy?

What’s in your Garden?



Please follow these helpful links to find out more about the Early Years Foundation Stage..







Tapestry is an online learning journal that we use to share your child's learning journey whilst they are in Early Years.  We add observations, photographs and videos of your child, giving you a window into their learning in school and ask that you also add your own comments, as well as your own observations, to share what your child has been doing at home with us!


When your child starts school in September, you will have the opportunity to sign up to Tapestry so you can access your child's online learning journal.  You will need to provide the school with an email address in order to do this.  Once you have done this and been registered by the school you can access this via this link: