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Early Years Foundation Stage


Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery-Reception)

Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage at Hermitage Primary School. A place for children to explore, be curious, question, think, learn and play.  Nursery and Reception have a wonderful state-of-the-art learning space, encompassing sliding doors between the classrooms to create a large free-flow area. They also have a large outdoor area with many opportunities for children to develop their fine and gross motor skills. 

Our learning within the EYFS is child-led. Every half term we introduce the children to a new 'I wonder' question which they have the chance to explore in more detail through the 7 areas of learning such as through music, dance, writing, number, relationships with others and exploring their natural environment.

Our pupils make rapid progress, surpassing national expectations.

Key Stages — Emmanuel School


Click on each link below to find out about the curriculum throughout the year. 

Nursery curriculum overview
Reception curriculum overview

Useful Websites 

Phonics Play - Games and resources to support with early reading, including blending and segmenting. 

Fisher Price - Activities relating to numbers, alphabet, shapes and colours

ICT Games - Number and letter games and activities 

Cbeebies - Games, quizzes, activities, shapes, numbers and colours 

Cbeebies - Number blocks - Videos and games to support with number recognition, ordering and counting

Oxford Owl - Reading activities and online books 

Reading Eggs - Reading activities, sign up for a free 2 week trial

Jump Start Johnny - PE activities 

Primary Stars - Mindfulness and wellbeing activities 

The Maths Factor - Maths problem solving

Alphablocks - Have fun with letters of the alphabet

Crick Web - Early Years number games

Hungry Little Minds - Activities, videos and game ideas for 0 - 5 year olds 

PhonicsPlayPupil HomeLearning is fun with Learning Blocks | Alphablocks | Numberblocks |  CBeebies showsictgames || html5 English Games Page


Growth Mindset 

Here at Hermitage we encourage all our pupils to be able to express themselves and say how they feel. This journey begins in Nursery.

We give them the vocabulary for their feelings and explain what they can do when they feel that way. This also helps the children with their peers and is a lifelong skill. The power of YET! When children first start their learning journey they will require lots of support from staff and you as parents.

At Hermitage the staff and pupils have adopted Growth Mindset, which has allowed them to build their confidence to try new things without the fear of failure as they know you have to keep trying and build up your resilience. With our youngest children we use the word YET a lot.

I can't do it = You can't do it YET

I don't know how = You don't how how YET

I don't want to do it anymore = Keep going, you can do it!

I don't want to = Let's try together 

We show the children together and they practise. It’s all about perseverance and resilience, bouncing back and learning how to get out of negative feelings.

Here are some books you may like to share with your child to support their understanding of Growth Mindset 

The Dot : Peter H. Reynolds : 9781844281695Bears Don't Read!: Chichester Clark, Emma, Chichester Clark,  Emma: BooksThe Girl Who Never Made Mistakes: A Growth Mindset Book For Kids To Promote  Self Esteem eBook: Pett, Mark, Rubinstein, Gary: Kindle StoreBeautiful OOPS: Barney Salzberg: BooksHow to Catch a Star: Jeffers, Oliver, Jeffers, Oliver: BooksAlmost Anything: Henn, Sophy, Henn, Sophy: 9780141370743:  BooksStuck by Oliver Jeffers: 9780399257377 | BooksFill A Bucket: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Young Children:  Carol McCloud, Katherine Martin: 9781933916286: Books

Reading in the EYFS 

Here are some of the books and stories we enjoy sharing and reading in the EYFS. 

Watch these videos to help your understanding of how to support your child with their reading at home. 

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Helping your children at home 

Click on each presentation below to find out more about how to support your children with their learning at home. 

Get in touch

Hermitage Primary School
Belmont Road

T: 01895 234 871