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We extend a huge welcome to Nursery and Reception pupils and parents. We are very pleased that you have chosen our school and we are looking forward to working with you all. Please read our school prospectus which will answer many questions that you have but we are happy to answer queries by telephone or email too. 


If you have already been part of our Nursery we will already know your child well and what strengths and areas of interest they have which will be a great start for September. If you are new to our school you are very welcome and we will spend time getting to know your child well.


During the year we organise some stay and play sessions where you can enjoy time in school with your child. More details of these will be sent nearer the time.


Further information about our curriculum in Early Years can be found in the Developmental Matters in EYFS document below:


Development Matters


Research has found that good quality early education will:

  • Improve children’s development
  • Improve their communication skills
  • Help them learn to socialise with other children 
  • Enable the child to make friends more easily
  • Help them to feel ready for school
  • Give them access to exciting new activities


Our Early Years Foundation Stage provides a safe, caring and happy environment which encourages children to learn, play and make friends. 


Our Early Years curriculum is thoughtfully planned and adapted to make sure that all children thrive and achieve. Throughout EYFS everyone works hard to develop each child’s capacity to learn, helping them to make good progress and develop excellent attitudes. 


Learning in the Foundation Stage reflects the EYFS Statutory framework and Development matters guidance 2021. 

Learning is categorised into seven areas: three prime and four specific areas. 


Prime areas are fundamental; work together and move through to support development in all other areas. The prime areas are: 

  • Personal, Social and Emotional development 

  • Physical Development 

  • Communication and Language 


The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge. They grow out of the prime areas, and provide important contexts for learning. The specific areas are: 

  • Literacy 

  • Mathematics 

  • Understanding the World 

  • Expressive Arts and Design  


As a Church of England Primary school we provide a happy, caring Christian environment in which children feel safe, secure and respected. Through a broad and balanced curriculum we strive to provide a rich education, thus enabling all pupils to reach their full potential. We see our pupils as individuals, united with Christian values.



The curriculum is based around topics and themes related to the world around us and the interests of the children. A range of opportunities are provided to ensure child-initiated and adult-initiated learning takes place.  We plan from the EYFS framework on a weekly basis to ensure the children are provided with a broad and balanced curriculum. A wide range of activities are made available in all areas of Early Years. 

Opportunities include:


Investigation area: 

  • Observe changes and properties of materials 

  • Develop their skills with simple tools and equipment 


Maths activities area: 

  • Understand numbers, including opportunities in their independent play 

  • Explore shape and space 

  • Make patterns 

  • Subitise 

  • Add and subtract numbers and amounts


Large construction area: 

  • Use their imagination to build models and structure 

  • Develop joining and fixing techniques 

  • Explore and use a variety of simple tools 


Small world area: 

  • Develop an understanding of the world around them through toys 

  • Recreate places they know 

  • Create imaginary worlds 


Water area: 

  • Develop awareness of shape and capacity 

  • Use appropriate mathematical vocabulary 

  • Develop imaginative vocabulary associated with water 


Reading areas: 

  • Develop story telling vocabulary 

  • Learn how to handle books appropriately 

  • Develop listening skills 

  • Enjoy books and stories 

  • Learn simple computer skills 

  • Learn to read independently through applying their phonics skills


Playdough area: 

  • Use small tools   

  • Learn to manipulate the material to make objects for imaginative play 

  • Learn vocabulary related to sharing, dividing, stretching and changing shape 

  • Develop fine motor control 


Mark-making/writing area - this area starts children on the process of learning to write and they will: 

  • Gain the confidence and skill to write and draw with a variety of mark makers 

  • Explore representations of letters and sounds 

  • Begin to recognise and name some letters and words 

  • Begin to understand the different reasons for writing through imaginary play situations 

  • Lots of opportunities to write independently 


Sand area: 

  • Explore the textures and characteristics of wet and dry sand 

  • Create real and imaginary worlds through imaginative play 

  • Explore shape, space and measure 


Art / craft / creative area: 

  • Make representations through drawing, painting and collage 

  • Experience a variety of materials, colours, shapes and textures 

  • Create 2D and 3D representations 

  • Use a variety of tools and equipment 


Role play area: 

  • Use language to imagine, try out and recreate roles and experiences 

  • Represent objects through imaginative play 

  • Create imaginary worlds 

  • Tell stories through role play 


Outdoor area - this area gives children the opportunity to: 

  • Develop an awareness of space, for themselves and in relation to others 

  • Develop their control and coordination using a range of large and small equipment, building their confidence in a safe environment 

  • Travel around, under, over and through simple balancing and climbing equipment 

  • Use the outdoor environment as a stimulus for creative and imaginary play, using a variety of equipment 


Our outdoor area includes an artificial grass area as well as access to soil, sand and water, fixed play equipment, playground markings, a raised learning space, a mud kitchen and willow tunnel.  All these elements are designed to build and extend children’s vocabulary, to develop co-ordination and manipulation skills and provide a stimulus for creativity and imagination. Children will learn important personal and social skills through their interactions in the environment. They will learn to share, take turns and co-operate in a group. They will be encouraged to respect the needs and feelings of others and develop an understanding of right and wrong. 


This learning environment encourages independence and gives experience of making choices, solving problems and being challenged. The children will learn to take responsibility for dressing themselves and for simple personal hygiene routines. Children will learn how to use tools and materials safely and gain self-confidence. 


Parents and carers also love our Early Years. In a recent survey one wrote:

I would also like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to the nursery staff for their continued support with my son and encouraging his development. I am overwhelmed at how he has progressed both sociably and academically since starting at St Peter’s. I greatly appreciated the opportunity to have had one-to-one chats with the staff about my son’s progression and the tapestry app is a fantastic insight into my child’s day to day development.


We have a limited number of 30-hours places available, subject to eligibility. Please ask at our school office for more information.


If you would like any further information about our successful Early Years, please get in touch with us at our school office, or speak to Mr Piper or Mrs Lillycrop. Visits to our school are warmly welcomed.


Early Years Indoor Learning

Reception Baseline Information for Parents and Carers

Early Years outdoor area


Recently we have redesigned our outdoor learning area so that we can maximise the opportunities our pupils have to learn, explore and play.  Everything has been designed and created with safety at the centre and we have worked with experienced Early Years teachers and designers.

We have new digging areas; a new mud kitchen; a 'hill' with different ways to climb up it and a tunnel through it; new planting areas; a construction area; a raised learning area; places to build dens; sheltered areas; outdoor reading area; a new water area and much much more. It's a really exciting outdoor learning space and our youngest children able to learn many new skills set in a beautiful woodland area.


Early Years Outdoor Learning