Part of the Glyn Academies Trust

Early Years Foundation Stage

This is a child’s first school so we work hard to ensure the transition is right for each child. Some will be excited and ready whereas others may need more time. Our team of very experienced teachers and teaching assistants ensure they take the time to get to know families, so that each child will feel comfortable with the transition.

We help this process by:

  • a full induction programme for children and parents which includes meetings and visits to the school prior to September start
  • providing a wealth of information about getting ready for school and life at Lightwater Village School
  • communicating and visits with the pre-school your child is already attending
  • a home visit after the Summer holiday, before your child has their first day in school
  • a staggered entry in September, gradually increasing to a full-time day depending on your child’s needs and the term in which your child turns 5.

We use the 2012 Revised Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage as our base for the opportunities and provision that we provide to children in their first year of school.  This is a continuation of the learning and experiences they would have accessed in their nursery or pre-school setting.  There is a great emphasis on learning through direct, first hand experiences in a play based environment. This allows children to develop the skills needed in preparation for their National Curriculum education that commences in Year 1.

At Lightwater Village School, our Early Years education is based upon the following aims and principles:

  • Building on what your child already knows and can do
  • Rigorous tracking of each child's specific learning journey and personalising learning for individual next steps through a range of strategies and approaches
  • The use of topics and current trends taken from the children’s interests are used to plan the learning and skill development
  • Delivery of the curriculum is led through purposeful, planned play opportunities and enhancements of provision, where adults observe and intervene with higher order questioning and engagement to extend the learning taking place
  • Adult-led activities that introduce new skills and extend learning
  • Content, provision and resources matched to the needs of the current cohort of children which are changed throughout the year in line with the development of the children
  • A well developed and nurturing environment where the children can independently access resources as and when they require and feel safe to take risks and make mistakes.

At Lightwater Village School we work as a collaborative unit, where teaching staff and children work coherently across the setting throughout the school day.  We provide opportunities for children to work in small groups, in their named class and across the year group. Children build positive relationships with all members of the Early Years setting, staff and children alike.

Our curriculum is based upon 7 broad areas of learning; each child's progress and development is reported to the Department for Education at the end of their Reception year against set Early Learning Goals.  These areas of learning include:

The Prime Areas


  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development through which children gain confidence and self-awareness, the ability to manage their feelings and behaviour and learn about building effective relationships with others
  • Communication and Language through which children learn about listening, attention, understanding and speaking
  • Physical Development which emphasises gross and fine motor skills in moving and handling, as well as health and self-care.

The Specific Areas


  • Literacy: Early reading and writing skills, explicit daily teaching of phonics, recognising common and irregular words, reading and understanding simple sentences and talking about what they have read; children will begin to use their phonic knowledge to build and write words and construct simple sentences
  • Mathematics: Based around counting reliably from 1-20, understanding number order and beginning simple addition and subtraction; children will also experience solving mathematical problems by talking about shapes, weight, capacity, time, money, halving and measuring and comparing everyday objects.
  • Understanding the world: Enables children to base their learning on what they understand of the world around them through talking about past and present events within their own families, being aware of the differences and similarities between others and among families, communities and traditions; children will observe the differences in their environment, learn about plants and animals and talk about changes. They will also use a range of different technologies, selecting and using them for different purposes.
  • Expressive Arts and Design: Children will sing songs and create their own music and dance. They explore a range of materials, tools and techniques to look at different colours, design and texture in their artwork and are given opportunities to be imaginative through art, music, role play and stories.