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At Escrick our EYFS makes a crucial contribution to a child’s early development and learning. Our aim is to inspire learning and foster secure foundations for future learning and development. We recognise all children are unique learners and provide a rich variety of teaching and learning experiences that are appropriate to their needs. There is a large emphasis on developing key learning skills such as reading, listening, number and co-operation. This supports our children in becoming happy, resilient, confident, and independent learners, from the start of their educational journey.


We understand that play is an integral part of learning, and this is at the core of our early years’ curriculum. We believe that the correct balance of adult directed, and child-initiated play ensures the best outcomes for our children.



Based around a thematic approach we provide a carefully planned broad and balanced curriculum which responds to each individual child’s needs, allowing them to make progress and develop. Beginning with a book and linking to personal experiences with stories and information texts, children are taught new experiences from a familiar starting point. Themes and texts are chosen to excite and inspire children.


Play is supported through different provision areas as children access free flow; inside and outside the classroom. These provision areas help to support the seven key areas of learning and development and promote curiosity and enthusiasm for learning.

We create a safe, caring and inclusive learning environment, in which every child is seen as unique and valued for who they are.


We understand the importance of parental partnerships and believe that our parents have a fundamental role to play in their children's education. We work hard to create strong partnerships between home and school.  Parents receive regular updates on Tapestry that capture the key moments in their child’s development. Parents are encouraged to add to these and share the experiences that children have gained outside of school, ensuring a well-rounded view of each child’s learning journey.



By ensuring that the content, sequencing and progression in the areas of learning are matched with high expectations of children we aim to develop happy, inquisitive and hard-working pupils. By consolidating and deepening their knowledge, understanding and skills we enable children to learn and successfully move to their next stage in Key Stage One.


Early Years Foundation Stage

The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development.


Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

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

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s early development and future learning.


As we progress we then focus on 4 specific areas. These are:

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

Outdoor Learning

At Escrick we love to learn both indoors and outdoors. The children enjoy engaging with our recently refurbished outdoor area including an exciting water area, garden kitchen and sand pit. This encourages the children to be imaginative and creative within their play, as well as exploring through problem solving opportunities and working with others.

Forest School

Our weekly Forest School session takes place in our school woodland. These sessions allow the children to learn all about and understand the world around them. Forest School provides opportunities for children to be creative, work within nature, learn about the weather and seasons, observe wildlife, develop their imagination, work with a range of materials and manage risk.

Home Learning


Your child will have 1-2 individual reading books per week for you to read/share at home. Please make sure you return your child’s reading books either on a Monday or Wednesday (see inside Reading Record Book) ready to be changed. Children also have access to a large range of online reading books through Phonics bug though we will be changing our reading and phonics scheme at the end of this academic year.


Over the year, children in Reception will be given phonics homework to support their individual level of learning. This may be sounds to learn, letter formation to practise, words to decode or tricky words to read.


Please look at our new Phonics Page to gain further information about Phonics at Escrick as well as links to a wide range of resources.