Early Years

                                                       Early Years at Netherton.

Welcome to the Early Years Unit at Netherton. The staff look forward to welcoming you and your child to our school at the beginning of their Primary school journey.In Early Years we provide a safe, nurturing and creative environment where your children can flourish and grow into independent young learners, ready for the next stage of their school journey. We are proud to have produced an environment in which children can thrive in their learning with plentiful activities on offer, carefully designed to promote discovery and application of skills in an exciting way linked to our topics. Our indoor and outdoor provision areas are well-resourced and facilitate the children in directing their own learning through play.


Early years lead and Reception class teacher –   Mrs A, Rosamond.

Early years 1 class teacher –  Mrs B Harding.

Early Years Nursery Nurse –  Mrs J Bould.

Teaching Assistant – Mrs A Gawthorpe.

Special Needs Support Assistants – Mrs G Cooper, Mrs S Crowther.

Extra support – Mrs P Shelmerdine.


At Netherton we aim to provide motivating first-hand experiences whilst encouraging children to build resilience, ambition and a lifelong love of learning. We aim to build on the wealth of knowledge and skills children already have when they arrive. We recognise that all children are unique, celebrating and welcoming differences within our school community. Therefore, our curriculum is child centred following the interests and fascinations of the children in the current year group. We are passionate about children leading and engrossing themselves in their learning. We need to embed a language of learning based on the characteristics of effective learning. Our curriculum and topics enable children to understand and talk about their learning experiences.

We aim to:

  • Provide a curriculum that offers children a wide range of opportunities ensuring that we do not expect children to aspire to things they have never encountered. We will work on broadening their experiences providing opportunities to try new things and encouraging them to relish a new challenge
  • Provide high expectations encouraging them to develop perseverance and self-belief so that they can problem solve and achieve far more than they expected
  • Provide a learning environment that helps children achieve their potential and support those who need additional help in order to maximise their chances of achieving the Early Learning Goals
  • Provide children opportunities to develop their sense of wellbeing and ability to regulate their feelings so that they feel confident in our community and are equipped with all the tools they need to transition to Year 1 effectively
  • Develop the skills and expertise of staff working in EYFS through regular and comprehensive professional development.


Our curriculum follows the Early Years Statutory Framework for the Early years Foundation Stage, updated September 2021. This document specifies the requirements for learning and development in the EYFS and provides the prime and specific areas of learning we must cover in our curriculum. Through our knowledge of each child and formative assessments the EYFS team plan exciting and engaging activities that will move the children’s learning forward. This may involve following a class theme where we take advantage of cross- curricular links in order to combine transferable skills and develop a wide-ranging vocabulary which underpins the children’s learning. This may also include following individual children’s interests and making the most of those focused moments where the teaching and learning can be maximised in a one to one way with teacher and child. Each year creates its own unique blend of whole class, guided, adult directed play and child-initiated play activities dependant on the nature and needs of the class of individuals.  We look forward at the start of a year to see where the class will lead us.

Children in EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active and thinking critically and creatively and this takes place both indoors and in our outdoor area. Our outdoor area is open all year round and in all but the most challenging weather conditions. Children make their own decisions about where they learn best and teachers ensure that there are opportunities for all areas of learning both inside and outside.

The school follows the Little Wandle phonic programme, using a wide range of physical and online resources to support this. Every child has access to a phonics session every day with intervention opportunities for those who find this area of learning more difficult.  We also use the phonics session to develop children’s expertise in handwriting. EY1 work on Phase 1, which addresses vital skills for the child to be school ready – listening, rhyming , speaking.


We provide effective and focused intervention for those children who are finding learning challenging and are not on track to meet expectations at the end of the year. This will be provided in an inclusive way and support from parents is also enlisted at an early stage to ensure that the children have every chance to achieve the Early Learning Goals.The EYFS team observe, work and above all play with the children, enabling all staff to really get to know each child as an individual, and to have a good knowledge of their needs both socially and educationally.

We love to provide children with opportunities that lots of them have not experienced before or that enhance their learning in school. We go on visits to support this We ensure that all of our visits are learning related and will provide the spark for further immersion in a theme or project.

By the end of the year we provide opportunities for children to increase their independence in recording their work as appropriate to ensure they are well prepared for the move to Year 1. We also ensure that the pedagogy in Year 1 reflects the independent learning skills children have gained in Year R working together as teams to develop expertise and confidence in all teaching staff. We do this through monthly team meetings where reflections on practice are made, evaluated and decisions about the best way to move forward to enhance children’s learning.

The team in Early Years work tirelessly to ensure that children are surrounded by a kind, caring and happy environment which helps them develop the same skills in their journey through school. It is a positive place to be where resilience, perseverance and successes are celebrated and every child feels valued and respected.


The impact of the EYFS curriculum is reflected in having well rounded, happy and confident children transitioning into ks1. Our children are often amazing role models for others in school.We measure progress in our children’s learning across the year through assessments which are based on the teacher’s knowledge of the child, their learning journey’s in EY1 and their recorded work books and floor book in EY2. We aim to exceed the National and Local Authority data for Good Level of Development. The judgements of our school are moderated with other schools in our pyramid, and the teaching and pedagogy are reviewed weekly in team meetings.The Early Years provision features in all areas of the School Development Plan and has a rigorous plan for development each year. This is monitored and evaluated by the EYFS Lead, SLT and the Head teacher.

Useful documentation.


ELG Breakdown mind map nursery (1) ELG mindmaps Reception

EYFS Skills and Progression map for Netherton

EYFS Long Term Plan –

                                                                    30 hours

Netherton School offers 30 hour Extended Free Early Years Education places to eligible families with 3 & 4 year old children in Nursery.  These are offered whenever there are places in EY1. Please contact Mrs Harding on 01924274873 for more details, including costings.

Session times for the 30 hours free education will be 8:45am until :3.30pm.  Children can pay for a school dinner or bring a packed lunch.

It is the responsibility of parents to check if they are eligible and are then required to bring their National Insurance Number and the 11 digit code they are given from the online checker into the School office to secure a 30 hour place.

To see if you are eligible for the extended 30-hour offer please Click Here

The entitlement can be also be accessed across more than one provider.  This means that a family who is eligible for the 30 hour offer could still attend the Nursery School and then choose to use the other 15 hours with either a childminder or another independent childcare provider.

Autumn 1

In Autumn 1, EY2 have been learning all about themselves in our topic Marvellous Me! We have also been on a lovely walk in our local area and made apple and blackberry crumble with the fruits we gathered.