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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.  



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

Friday Phonics 


Please join us every Friday from 2.40pm, for a short session to hear the sounds we have been learning that week.  You will be able to hear how the sounds are pronounced, learn the Jolly Phonics songs and see how we teach phonics so you can support your child at home.  In your child's book bag you would have had a copy of the Jolly Phonics actions.  


Our learning




At the welcome meeting in October, 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:


You will also be able to add your own comments to the observations that have been made and share what your child has been doing at home with us!