Early Years


The Early Years is an important time in your child’s life that develops and celebrates children’s confidence, imagination and explorative natures. At Honilands we encourage children to be risk takers and to recognise the power of resilience. We encourage the children to aspire to be the best they can be!


We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which is the statutory framework that sets the standards that all Early Years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.  The children learn through a balanced curriculum of fun, structured lessons and by following their own interests in a well-resourced and exciting environment.

The Foundation Stage curriculum is divided into seven areas of learning. These are as follows:

The prime areas:

Personal, social and emotional development-
  • Making relationships
  • Self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Managing feelings and behaviour
Physical development
  • Moving and Handling
  • Health and self-care
Communication and Language
  • Listening and attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking

    The specific areas:

    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Numbers
    • Shape, Space and Measure
    Understanding the world
    • People and communities
    • The World
    • Technology
    Expressive arts and design
    • Exploring and using media and materials
    • Being imaginative

    Our curriculum enables the children to learn and develop skills, attitudes and understanding in these areas of learning:


    Our curriculum is also designed around ‘The Characteristics of Effective Leaning’. These highlight the importance of a child’s attitude towards their learning and their ability to play, explore and think critically about the world around them.

    The three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:

    • Playing and exploring (engagement):
      • Finding out and exploring
      • Playing with what they know
      • Being willing to ‘have a go’
    • Active learning (motivation):
      • Being involved and concentrating
      • Keeping trying
      • Enjoying achieving what they have set out to do
    • Creating and thinking critically (thinking):
      • Having their own ideas
      • Making links
      • Choosing ways to do things

    Core Books

    To encourage our children to develop their enjoyment of books and to surround them with key vocabulary, we link our teaching opportunities to popular story books (core books).

    Core Books


    At Honilands we thoroughly enjoy reading and have therefore linked our learning opportunities to popular children’s books.

    During their time in the Oak family the children will be introduced to Phonics. In Nursery the children will have plenty of opportunities to explore games and rhymes focused on sound discrimination and rhyming, when ready they will be introduced to letter sounds.  It is an incredibly exciting time for the children as they begin to use these skills to read words independently. We use a Phonics scheme called Read, Write, Inc (RWI).  Please come and ask us about this if you want any more information.


    Children are observed continually, in order to assess their stage of development and to plan their next steps of learning. In Nursery and Reception, teachers make assessment judgements on children’s all-round progress at the end of each half term. At the end of Reception, children’s achievement is reported to parents against the Early Learning Goals in the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile.



    We strongly believe that parents and carers make a valuable contribution to the learning of their child. Parents have an opportunity to share information about their child from home or to find out how they are getting on at school at termly consultation meetings. Parents are encouraged to regularly contribute to their child’s Online Learning Journal on Tapestry too.  This supports planning for each child’s individual needs and interests. Parents and Carers are also invited to attend workshops and family fun days. We also encourage parents/carers to volunteer to be a ‘Mystery Reader’ in their child’s class.rning Goals in the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile.

    Click on these links to read the full expections:

    Nursery Expectations

    Reception Expectations




    To support Parents and Pupils Learning at home we also use Tapestry which is an online learning journal. 

    Tapestry is a secure online Learning Journal to record photos, observations and comments, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, to build up a record of your child’s experiences during their time with us. This system allows us to work with parents and carers to share information and record the children’s play and learning in and outside of the classroom.

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