Early Years Foundation Stage

At Greenbank Primary School our early years foundation stage consists of two nursery classes (morning and afternoon sessions) and two reception classes. All children follow the early years curriculum.

The Early Years curriculum is organised into seven areas:

Prime areas:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


Our Early Years teaching is based on the fundamental principal that children learn best through play and ‘hands on’ experiences. We recognise that every child is unique and learning happens when they are engaged and motivated in their play and happy and secure in their learning environment. Here at Greenbank Primary, we are very proud of our caring setting and of our rich and enabling environment where children begin their lifelong love of learning.

The areas of learning are developed throughout the year within a variety of study units. Staff will plan some topics to ensure coverage of the curriculum but will follow the children’s lead, to ensure that teaching reflects their interests. We have a large outdoor area which is shared between the classes. Children have access to this area daily, in all weather conditions.

Early Years Team staff work closely together, along with parents and carers, to provide a safe and secure family environment where children feel confident to explore and investigate through self-initiated play and planned learning topics. We believe the partnership between parent/carer and the school is very important and know that our job as educators is enhanced by the hard work and support you give to your child at home.

Throughout the year, we hold parent workshops and ‘Stay and Play’ sessions to provide parents and carers with the opportunity to learn more about what the children do in school. Each week we send home our ‘Home School Link Book’ which informs families about what we have been learning about that week and how families can support the children’s learning at home.