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Early Years Foundation Stage

Reception Lead: Matia Petrou  Nursery Lead : Sharifa Chowdhury

The Early Years Foundation Stage at Rushmore is a warm and caring learning environment where children grow in confidence and independence while developing their skills in all areas of the curriculum.

In Nursery and Reception Classes we love to learn through fun and engaging hands-on experiences, with the emphasis on independent thinking, creativity, communication and social skills.

We are lucky to have wonderful indoor and outdoor spaces in which to learn. We use our outdoor areas to their fullest potential with all day open access, which means we get to explore the environment in all weathers. 

Throughout the day the children take part in both adult guided and independent activities following the Early Year’s Foundation Stage Curriculum


Clear and open communications with parents and carers is a priority for us. We work with parents to ensure that every child settles quickly into the setting and continue to work in partnership with them throughout their child's time in the early years. 

 

 

Nursery

 

Reception

 

Forest School

In Rushmore Primary School we are lucky enough to have a small forest area running alongside the nursery and reception playgrounds, which is the ideal location for us to explore, learn and have fun in nature. All of our Nursery and reception children get the opportunity to take part in a series of forest school sessions during their time with us.  The children take part in activities which include:

  • Making mud pies in the mud kitchen
  • Hunting for minibeasts
  • Mud painting and digging
  • Leaf observation
  • Building dens

Click here to see more pictures and to find out about Forest School in the Early Years.


EYFS Topic Overview

                                                                               

Throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage, we use a book of the week to inspire the children’s imagination and creativity. Our topics provide the starting point for developing the children’s learning and engagement in an interesting way. However, we are never rigid in the content we cover and leave space in every day to follow and develop the individual interests of children.

Here are our EYFS topics

Nursery Topic Map

Term

Topic

Autumn: 1

Ourselves

Autumn: 2

Food & Celebrations

Spring: 1

Traditional Tales

Spring: 2

Animals

Summer: 1

Minibeasts & Growing

Summer: 2

Transport

Reception Topic Map

Term

Topic

Autumn: 1

All about me

Autumn: 2

Celebrations

Spring: 1

Space

Spring: 2

Dinosaurs

Summer: 1

Growing

Summer: 2

Under the Sea

Useful Links

Information about the EYFS curriculum

www.foundationyears.org.uk
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/eyfs 

 Early Years Policy 

 Please click here for the Early Years Foundation Stage Policy