What does EYFS look like at Hilderthorpe?

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Subject Leaders

The EYFS Leader is Ms Lees.

For full information on Hilderthorpe Nursery, please visit the Nursery page.

It's good coming here because I like playing with my friends and I get to learn maths. I like playing outside in our fun outdoor area!

Billy, Reception

At Hilderthorpe Primary School, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Profile which is based around a document called Development Matters. This document tracks children from birth until the end of their Reception Year and it is used nationally across all Early Years settings.

The Early Learning Goal are divided into 17 areas of learning:

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

Each area is assessed to monitor carefully the progress each child is making. The class teacher and other professionals will then make a judgement at the end of the reception year to decide for each area of learning whether or not a child has achieved/or not in each area of learning. 

Key Information

In line with the rest of the school and in addition to the Early Years curriculum, the children in Reception have access to programmes of curriculum study which support our children to build on firm foundations and engage in learning which will continue throughout their Primary years.

RWI Phonics

RWI phonics is a programme of study which begins in our Nursery. We believe that the children need to engage in early reading which includes listening to wonderful stories, rhymes and poems. We promote good listening and recall skills and encourage our parents to be involved reading to and listening to our children tell their own stories. 

The children begin to know the importance of listening and that this results in good learning. 

“Phonics for Nursery shows you how to grow children’s vocabulary through role-play, discussion, building sentences and using productive questioning. It places huge emphasis on developing children’s love of reading through enticing story and poetry times.”


In Reception, the children begin to learn more sounds which they can learn to blend together both orally by listening to an adult and independently by reading the sounds and blending the sounds together. The children take books home which match their sound knowledge and they are encouraged to share these stories with their parents. 

For more information on RWI phonics, please visit the Ruth Miskin website here or our Reading Page.

Links to Real Life

We believe in giving our children as much real life experience as possible which is extended considerably as the children move through school. Some of our trips into the wider community include, visits to the beach, seafront walks, farm visits and visits to our local church. 

We also believe in resourcing our classrooms with as much ‘real life’ as is possible. For example, real fruit and vegetables to explore and investigate in our home corner and science investigation area. Using real tools and developing areas both outside and in our classrooms to give the children an opportunity to explore ‘real life’ in their own eyes. For example, through role play, café, veterinary surgery, garden centre, building site. 

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