Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

We are delighted to welcome your child to Wardley Primary school. This is a very important time for your child as it is the beginning of their journey at Wardley. 

In Nursery and Reception we have high expectations and challenge each child to achieve the best they can. We offer a fantastic balance of adult-led and child-initiated learning to ensure all children make good progress.   

During their time with us your child will learn to listen well, take part in conversations, become independent, resilient, confident to try new things, share, take turns and above all we hope that they will learn to love school and education.

Our EYFS is where we lay the foundations for future learning and we will do this in partnership with you.

Curriculum Intent 

•    Be ever-evolving, providing opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, resilient, successful & motivated learners striving for the pursuit of excellence who know how to make a positive and transformational  contribution to their community and wider global society. 
•    Be rooted in the school's Christian ethos, encouraging our pupils to grow in self-awareness and becoming advocates of social justice, adaptable to any social context.
•    Be ambitious in our aim for pupils to develop the communication skills necessary for learning and life, promoting enjoyment, high expectations and standards across all subject areas. 
•    Be memorable: providing diverse, social, moral, spiritual and cultural (SMSC) rich opportunities from which children learn and develop a range of transferable skills. 
•    Be aspirational, cultivating a sense of personal pride in achievement, provide a purpose and relevance for learning and ultimately to help every student to find strengths and interests.
•    Be inspiring, to empower pupils to respect each other and themselves, show respect and understanding for people of all faiths, race and gender, and for all living things, promoting stewardship and ensuring children are well    prepared for life in a rapidly changing world. 

Curriculum in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

Children in our EYFS learn through a balance of child-initiated learning through play and adult-led focused activities. Children are actively encouraged to explore and develop their skills through play in core areas of provision such as the role play and home corners, as well as through planned activities. Teachers in the EYFS take time to identify children’s individual strengths and plan the provision accordingly.  Our classroom has direct access to a playground and a range of activities are planned for both inside and outdoor learning.

Areas of learning

Within the Early Years Foundation Stage there are 7 areas of learning, these are:

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These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning activities. Children in the EYFS learn by exploring, being active and creative, both indoors and outdoors. Over the year we will gather evidence which will form a profile of your child’s learning journey.

We also look for and encourage the development of the Characteristics of Effective Learning (CoEL), which thread through all areas of learning and support children to be effective and motivated learners. 



School day times:

  • Nursery: Mornings: 8.55 -11.30   Afternoons: 12.45 – 3.05
  • Reception: Mornings: 8.40 - 11.30 Afternoons: 12.45 – 3.15

What you will need for EYFS:

  • Wellies
  • Water bottle
  • Book bag (can be purchased from the school office for £4.00)
  • A warm coat
  • Sensible school shoes (preferably with a Velcro strap)

Please can you ensure that all items brought into school are clearly labelled with names.  

What can you do to help?

Reading: Reading is a journey that children progress at different levels. At Wardley we start our reading journey in Nursery whereby initial sounds are taught until they are recognised fluently. When children are fluent in these sounds they move onto blending words. Staff aim to change books at least two times a week, please ensure you complete each task given with your child.

Useful links;

Parent guide

Parent workshop - an introduction to RWI

How to say the sounds 

Why read with your child 



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We are proud of our school and the personal and academic achievements of our pupils. We hope that you can get a sense of our energy, ambition and ethos from this website. If you are interested in finding out more, do get in touch. Our children and staff would love to show you around.

0161 921 1098

Mrs Statham | School Business Manager

Miss Briffa | School Administrator

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Mr M Foster | Head Teacher

Mrs K Walker | Deputy Head Teacher

Mrs K Flanagan | SENCO

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