Argyle School Early Years Foundation Stage

Currently our Foundation Stage consists of a 39 place Nursery and two Reception classes.

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The Foundation Stage aims to provide a happy, caring and safe environment, stimulate children’s natural curiosity and allow them to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding. We want children to develop independence and to co-operate with others and to talk and communicate in a range of situations whilst learning the skills needed to progress through school and future life. In 2019 79.5% of children attained a 'good' level of development at the end of Foundation Stage.


Following the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage document, opportunities for learning are provided through a planned, balanced, adult-led and child-initiated curriculum. Children experience a range of whole class, group work and independent tasks.There are seven areas in the Early Years Curriculum: Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. Children have a daily phonics lesson based on the Letters and Sounds scheme.To enable children to develop a positive self-esteem and attitude learning takes place both inside and outdoors. It is expected that suitable outer clothing and footwear are worn to school so that children can benefit from the experiences provided in all weathers.


  Our Reception Playground

At Argyle we feel very strongly about the importance of outdoor learning to support both a child's academic development and pysical and emotional well-being. The equipment has been designed to promote children's development across all areas of learning and includes a climbing frame, stage, a track for bikes cars and scooters, a natural den area,a role play cottage and an area that has been planted to attract butterflies and bees.


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We use the National Framework for the EYFS to support planning and assessment. Each half-term alongside child-initiated learning a range of themes are also planned for and taught aimed at broadening children's knowledge and interests.

This table shows the topics we currently follow.

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Nursery All About Me  Nursery Rhymes  People Who Help Us Fantasy Stories Animals and Minibeasts Transport
Reception Ourselves  Traditional Tales We are Explorers We are Investigators  How Does Your Garden Grow? Farm Animals

Trips and Visits

Throughout the year our children experience visits that enhance their understanding of the curriculum and the local community.  Trips are planned to the local church and mosque, the activitiy centre in Hyde Park and Kentish Town Farm.  Visits are made from the local police and postman and children go on walks within the local area.       

Our full EYFS Policy can be read here. 

The photos below are examples of some of the activities on offer to parents and children in our EYFS

 Partnerships with Parents

Parent partnerships are highly valued with Ocean Maths and Crescent Literacy held regularly. In these highly popular sessions parents, teachers and children work together supporting children’s learning through a range of games and activities. Parents discover how we teach Literacy and Maths and find out ways in which they can support their children at home. Nursery parents have had the opportunity to take part in a Bookstart workshop where they made props to enhance the story 'Shark in the Park.' They have also joined their children in playing and learning at Writing and Maths 'parties.' Other sessions saw them involved in making elephant ears and learning how to develop their children's listening skills.

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                                           NURSERY WRITING PARTY

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                                             OCEAN MATHS

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                                           CRESCENT LITERACY

The following pictures provide a snap-shot of some of the daily learning that takes place in the EYFS .

Mathematical Development

Children learn much of their maths through playing games, creating structures and models and cooking.

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  Understanding the World

Children learn through exploring and investigating  to develop their 'Understanding of the World'. This includes having visitors including policeman and the local postman and making visits to the local mosque and church and Hyde Park where children were able to go pond dipping and discover local wildlife.

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                                         POND DIPPING AND EXPLORING HABITATS IN HYDE PARK

The Teddy Bear Clinic visited us and helped us learn about our bodies and 'Healthy Eating' by making delicious fruit kebabs.

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Creative Development

As part of our learning we have many opportunities for 'Creative Development' such as den building and role play as well as using a range of art materials.

The children also have the opportunity to work with musicians at Kings Place and dancers at The Place studio both of which are within walking distance of the school.

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The following performance at Kings Place welcomed children to the wonderful garden of Mr Wolfgang Mozart. Children wandered amongst the lavendar, wiggled with worms and snoozed to the sounds of the stars.

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In addition to using computer programs and Ipads children learn to program and control toys including Bee-Bots.

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