Early Years

At Lambourn CofE Primary School our children get off to the very best start. Whether they transition up to join our reception class from our nursery or join us from elsewhere they benefit from our purpose-built Early Years classroom and outdoor area and thrive in the care of our Early Years Team.

Starting school is an exciting time; we fully embrace our responsibilities of setting the foundations for a happy and successful school-life. Children in Reception class access the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum which prepares them for their entrance into Year 1 when they embark on the national curriculum.

In EYFS the children follow a topic-based approach to learning which is delivered in a variety of ways to include play and first-hand investigative experiences. The children work towards the Early Learning Goals:

The Early Learning Goals (ELGs) for children at the expected level of development include the following:

  • Communication and Language.
  • Physical Development.
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World.
  • Expressive Arts and Design.

We know that happy learners make successful learners. Our reception class staff offer a kind and nurturing start to school which encourages children to develop and feel confident in themselves. We pride ourselves on our positive relationships with parents; we recognise that working together can really benefit each child. Throughout the year we invite Reception Class parents to be involved in our ‘drop-in’ sessions to share all the brilliant learning. We also run workshops to help and support our parents in our approach to the teaching of phonics and early reading.

We offer an ‘open-door’ policy where parents can come and talk with teachers at a mutually convenient time.