address email extended-services language flyer home-learning down-arrow right-arrow login logout noticeboard online-payment phone search safeguarding term-dates watermark twitter

Interactive Bar

PFT Staff Sharepoint

School Welcome

Welcome To

Wainscott Primary School

EYFS- Ladybird, Butterfly and Dragonfly Classes

Wainscott EYFS Curriculum Intent

At Wainscott EYFS, we offer a curriculum rich in memorable experiences which widen our children’s world, inspire them and provide them with the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to build the firm foundations upon which the rest of their education and future is successfully based. 

We believe that a language-rich environment helps to build children’s language and communication skills effectively. The prime areas of learning are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive, regardless of their background, circumstances or needs.

In our EYFS, a balance of adult directed and uninterrupted child initiated play ensures the best outcomes for pupils. Warm and positive relationships between staff and children, consistent routines and strong relationships with parents are also key. Staff reflect on and respond to the different ways that children learn, enabling them to develop and practise the skills necessary to become ‘good learners’.
We understand that play is an integral part of learning and this is at the heart of our Early Years curriculum. We work hard to provide a stimulating environment that provides exciting opportunities, promotes language development, challenge, exploration, adventure and a real love of learning - a place where children feel safe and secure to think critically, be creative, take risks, develop and apply their learning and be resilient.

It is our intent that all children develop physically, verbally, cognitively and emotionally in an environment which values all cultures, communities and people and fosters tolerance and understanding. We aim for our children to be happy, confident and independent, to believe in themselves and interact positively with others.



Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. However, development depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments. These underpin all learning within our EYFS:

  • Unique Child – Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Positive Relationships – Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
  • Enabling Environments – Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers.
  • Learning and Development – Children develop and learn in different ways. Practitioners foster the characteristics of effective early learning:  Playing and exploring • Active learning • Creating and thinking critically.


Our curriculum is inclusive, widens our children’s experiences, builds upon previous knowledge and involves activities and first-hand experiences for children through all seven areas of learning and development. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected and are inter-woven throughout our curriculum and environment.

The three Prime areas are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

The four Specific areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Pupils learn through a balance of child-initiated and adult-directed activities. The timetable is carefully structured so that, as well as uninterrupted child-initiated play to allow time to explore, create, master skills and apply learning, children have daily directed teaching in English, maths and phonics. The children also have regular small group or one-to-one work with an adult to develop their skills and understanding and work on their next steps.

The curriculum is taught through topics which are enriched with classroom enhancements, trips and visitors. These topics inspire children and widen their experiences - exposing them to exciting new ideas, worlds and cultures. Topics are supported by quality key texts. These are chosen carefully to encourage children's speech, language and communication development and interweave the specific areas of learning within them. All planning, however, is flexible and responsive to children’s needs and interests. As children grow older, there is a greater focus on teaching the essential skills and knowledge in the specific areas of learning.

In Wainscott EYFS, we work as a team to care for and support all children’s learning. This means that our differentiated curriculum runs through Nursery and Reception, with all adults aware of our intent, as well as of the needs of all children. We operate a ‘free-flow’ system, so children are able to play and learn across the whole unit and with all other children. This encourages independence and confidence and enables children to learn with and from a wide variety of different people who will respond to and interact with them in different ways. It also ensures a smooth transition from Nursery to Reception and offers a clear progression in learning.

We understand the importance of parental engagement and believe that our parents have a crucial role to play in their children's education. We work hard to create strong partnerships between home and school.  Parents receive termly newsletters to inform them of what their child is learning and to explain how they can support this at home. They are also invited to workshops, to help develop their own subject knowledge and understanding of how children learn. They are also encouraged to take an active part in their child’s learning through regular stay and play sessions, as well as through regular interaction with our online learning journal, ‘Tapestry’. Through this, they are provided with regular updates and next steps in their child’s learning, as well as giving them an opportunity to share their child’s successes and experiences at home.

Whether it’s during adult directed tasks or during play, our EYFS staff are expected to focus on supporting and extending children’s learning in the moment, which in turn enables them to gain a deep understanding the children they’re working with. We carefully notice and listen, focusing on high quality assessment that helps us to understand every child - their interests, who they are as an individual, their difficulties and obstacles and when they might need extra help. These ongoing assessments are used to inform planning and next steps in teaching and learning for all children throughout the year.

Our curriculum and its delivery ensure that children make strong progress from their own starting points, both academically and socially - developing a sense of themselves, others and the wider world. Rich experiences inspire children to want to learn broaden their horizons and experiences. They form strong relationships with adults and their peers and develop the core skills they need to become ‘good learners’ – to be able to sit and listen, to take turns and find compromise; to be able to communicate effectively with others; they build firm foundations in reading, writing and maths; they develop their characteristics of effective learning and are able to apply their knowledge to a range of situations, making links and explaining their ideas and understanding. Our children are confident to take risks and are resilient. They are curious about the world, creative in their thinking and tolerant towards others. They are happy and independent and have begun to learn and master the skills they will need to build a successful future.

Our curriculum is reviewed annually to ensure relevance and to ensure the voices of our pupils, parents, staff and governors are heard.      

                                                       Miss Hatfield Butterfly Class Teacher/EYFS Lead
Miss Sultana Dragonfly Class Teacher
Miss Wilson Butterfly Class Teacher-Monday and Tuesday
Miss Atkins EYFS TA
Miss Layton EYFS TA
Mrs Nicolaou EYFS Teacher
Mrs Nunn Nursery Practitioner
Miss Ally Nursery Practitioner



If you require any further information, or would like to discuss your child’s learning. Please make an appointment via the school office.

Thank you for visiting our class page.

Nursery Core Texts, Term 4 


Reception Core Texts, Term 4



Nursery Core Texts, Term 3


Reception Core Texts, Term 3


EYFS Newsletter, Term 3

Term 2 Week 7 


The last few weeks have been extremely busy leading up to the end of term! Last week the whole of EYFS were able to do the Nativity performance in front of parents and carers. All the children did really well, we are so proud of them! 


We also had our very first trip to The Brook theatre in Chatham where we watched ‘Little Fox’s Christmas Garden’. The children enjoyed the interactive elements. 


In Phonics, the children have been taught all their phase 2 sounds, we have been revising sounds that the children need more practice. In term 3, the children will start to be learn phase 3 sounds. The children have used their knowledge of phonics to write letters to Santa and Christmas cards. The children were very excited to write for a real purpose. 


To end the term, we had an EYFS party with lots of music, games and food! The children had a great time!


We hope that you all have a lovely Christmas with all your loved ones and we look forward to see you all in the New Year! 


The EYFS Team 

Term 2 Week 3


It has been a great start to the new term, starting our new topic of 'Celebrations'. The children made their very own pumpkin soup, drew observational drawings of pumpkins, investigated pumpkins and we even planted some pumpkin seeds! The children also learnt about Remembrance Day and made their very own poppies. We also shared our very own experiences of Bonfire Night and created some pictures of fireworks. The children learnt about Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. We made our very own Diva lamps out of clay and decorated them with glitter and sequins. We also tasted some Indian food such as garlic naan, vegetable samosas and poppadoms with mango chutney. We were all really impressed with the children for trying some of the food, lots of them really enjoyed the Indian food. 




In Phonics, we have been working our way through the phase 2 sounds. The children have learnt some additional sounds such as k, ck, e, u and r. The children have also learnt a few tricky words such as 'I, the, no, put, to, go, of, is, into, pull. We are continuing to read and write words that contain the sounds that we have learnt so far. We are continuing to read and write words that contain the sounds that we have learnt so far.



In Maths, we have been comparing two sets of objects by using the language 'more than' and 'fewer than', using positional language to describe patterns of 4, making patterns showing 4 and counting objects, actions and sounds once. 


In the next few weeks, the children will be given different parts, lines and learning new songs for out Nativity performance. 


The EYFS Team 


Nursery Core Texts Term 2, 2021


Reception Core Texts Term 2, 2021


EYFS Newsletter Term 2, 2021


Term 1 Week 6


We can’t believe that we have completed our very first term! The children have started to show their wonderful personalities and we have really got to know each and every child. The children have become much more independent and confident with their learning.


In Phonics, we have been identifying initial sounds, blending sounds to read CVC words using the sounds that we have learnt so far and letter formation practice. The children have now learnt some additional sounds such as m, d, g, o and c. Lots of the children are able to recognise their name and some are even able to write their name from memory.



In Maths, we have been focusing on numbers 1-3. The children have been finding different ways to represent number using their fingers, counters and objects. The children have also been learning about subitising numbers and counting using 1 to 1 number correspondence.

We have had a fantastic term and we are very much looking forward to next term.


The EYFS Team

Term 1 Week 3


We have had a great start to the academic year! The children are all settled, familiar with the rules and routines of the Early Years setting and have started to develop relationships with their peers and adults.


At the start of the term, the children learnt how to use all the different areas of the Early Years setting appropriately such as wearing an apron to play in the mud kitchen, water area or to paint. The children have had lots of fun exploring the different areas and most of them are now confident to self-select resources and activities, play with other children and move around the learning environment independently.

In Phonics, we have doing lots of phase 1 games and activities such as environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body percussion, rhythm and rhyme and some oral blending. We have started to introduce some phase 2 sounds to the children in Reception. So far we have learnt the following sounds; s, a, t, p, i, n. At the moment we are doing lots of work around initial sounds, identifying and recognising sounds and forming letters correctly. We have been doing lots of name recognition and name writing activities at school. It would be great if you could get your child to practice this at home.



In Maths, the children have been learning about number through the use of number and counting songs. We have also been looking at AB and AAB patterns. The children have had a go at making their very own patterns using their body, bells, compare bears and using dot dabbers. We have also recently been learning about subitising and representing numbers in different ways.


We are really enjoying getting to know all of the children and we look forward to the year ahead.


The EYFS Team.







EYFS Newsletter Term 1- September 2021

School Logo Watermark

Contact Us: