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C of E Primary School

"Don't look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too."  (Philippians 2:4)

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Early Years Foundation Stage(EYFS)


To ensure that all children leave EYFS as resilient, confident, independent learners who have made great progress from their individual starting points and are ready for KS1.

At Chingford CofE, we aim to provide motivating, hands on memorable learning experiences that encourage children to display ambition and develop a lifelong love of learning. 

We recognise that all children are unique and celebrate and embrace differences. Therefore, our curriculum is child-centred following the interests of the children. We are passionate about children leading and engrossing themselves in their own learning and we encourage them to discuss the value of the process of learning as well as the outcome.  We work in partnership with families and other settings to provide the best possible start at CCofE and ensure that every child reaches their full potential from their various starting points.

We aim to:

  • Provide a bespoke curriculum that offers children a range of opportunities for children to widen their horizons. Through creative opportunities in our indoor and outdoor provision, children are inspired to try new things and relish a challenge
  • Ensure that we have high expectations of all pupils encouraging them to develop perseverance and self-belief so that they can problem solve and achieve beyond expected. By the end of the Reception year, our intent is to ensure that all children make great progress in all areas of learning and are equipped with the skills and knowledge to have a smooth transition into Year 1
  • Provide a stimulating learning environment that helps children achieve their potential and support those who need additional help in order to maximise their chances of achieving their Early Learning Goals
  • Afford children the opportunity to develop their sense of wellbeing and ability to regulate their feelings so that they feel confident, safe and nurtured and are equipped with all the tools they need to transition to Year 1 effectively
  • Enhance the skills and expertise of staff working in EYFS through regular and comprehensive professional development

Build meaningful partnerships with families and other settings to provide the best start to each child’ s education at CCofE. We host Stay and Play Sessions for our families to attend prior to joining our school so that families and children can familiarise themselves with our school and ethos



Each half term, EYFS staff introduce a new theme to provide inspiration for learning, whilst also providing the flexibility for children to follow their own interests and ideas. The children learn through a balance of child-initiated and adult-directed activities. In Reception the timetable is carefully structured so that children have direct instruction over the course of the day. Through the focused inputs, adults can systematically check for understanding, identify and respond to misconceptions quickly and provide real-time verbal feedback. This has a positive impact on the acquisition of new learning. The timetables in EYFS change throughout the year to take into consideration the changing needs of the children as we prepare them for the next stage of their education.

Children are provided with time to engage in ‘exploration’ throughout the variety of experiences which are carefully planned to engage and challenge children. The curriculum is planned meticulously both inside and outside the classrooms – with equal importance given to learning in both areas.

Our enabling environments are warm, exciting, stimulating and inviting. They arouse children’s curiosity and foster a sense of awe and wonder. Skillful adult interactions support the children as they begin to link learning to their play and exploration right from the start. We believe that high level engagement ensures high level attainment. We therefore provide an engaging curriculum that maximises opportunities for meaningful cross-curricular links and learning experiences, as well as promoting the unique child by offering extended periods of play and sustained thinking.

When teaching phonics, we follow the RWI phonics programme which this child will engage in until the end of KS1.  This lays a solid foundation for the acquisition of phonics which commences when children are ready for ‘word time’ and acquiring the Set 1 Sounds.  In Reception, the children work through the RWI programme and are assessed half termly on their segmenting and blending skills to decode words. Children are encouraged to read at home and are listened to regularly in school. They are provided with home reading books that match their phonetical knowledge which allows our children to apply their learning with the aim of becoming successful, confident and fluent readers.

We follow the Number and Patterns Guidance to enable us to lay secure mathematical foundations for our young mathematicians. Through this targeted teaching approach, children progress through phases at an appropriate pace. This ensures that there are no gaps in their early acquisition of mathematical concepts which they will build upon securely as they move through the school.

Outside of their exceptional EYFS provision focusing on the 7 areas of learning our, children are provided with opportunities to develop and nurture talents in STEM, the Arts and Sport. The children engage in Forest School sessions, Music, Computing, Drama and P.E. This ensures that children are provide with a rich and varied curriculum which sparks curiosity leading children to making informative choices around hobbies and further exploring new interests.

We provide effective and focused targeted provision for those children who are finding learning challenging and are not on track to meet expectations at the end of the year. This will be provided in an inclusive way and support from families is also enlisted, at an early stage, to ensure that the children have every chance to achieve the Early Learning Goals and are prepared for future learning.

The EYFS team celebrate children’s learning through work completed in their special books, observations, photos and videos which are shared with parents through our monthly "Open-House, Book Look" sessions. This allows families the opportunity to engage with children regularly about their learning and their contributions adds to the knowledge we have of the child in school.

We provide a wide range of trips and experiences across the school year which ensures that children widen their horizons. Children participate in Science Week, Our Nativity performance, Year group assemblies, Career’s week, Hello Yellow Day, World Book Day, regular Trips to our local area and beyond. These trips and wider experiences as well as topic introductions, weekly, enhances children’s understanding of the world and key concepts.

We measure progress and children’s learning across the year through formative and summative assessment which are based on the teacher’s knowledge of the child, their learning journeys, photographs and videos recorded.

As the children’s EYFS journey comes to an end, the EYFS team work closely with the year 1 team to ensure a smooth and seamless transition. During the Summer Term, children in our Reception classes, spend sessions in their new setting with their new teachers. A detailed handover takes places through the sharing of books, observations and information about the whole-child. The reception class teachers meet with the year one team and through the sharing of books, observations, information about the whole child so the year 1 understand how their planning and environment can be maximised to best suit the needs of the children. Both children and families feel much more at ease with the transition to Year 1 and it is already familiar to them prior to September.



The impact of our bespoke and broad curriculum is reflected in having well rounded, happy and confident children transitioning into Year 1 and parents who understand and are involved their child’s progression. The children are often amazing role models for others in school.

Children leave EYFS with a deep understanding for the foundations of early maths and literacy.

Children leave EYFS with a love of books and a secure foundation in phonics.

Children leave EYFS able to challenge themselves and reflect on their learning using Learning in The Deep. They are able to choose independent challenges and show reslience when facing them.

Children leave EYFS able to regulate their emotions and talk about how they feel.

Children leave EYFS displaying a keen interest in STEM and music as well as wider curriculum.

Our children exceed National and Local data children achieving Good Level of Development. All of our children make accelerated progress from their various starting points and are well prepared for year one.

Development Matters - Non-statutory curriculum guidance for the early years foundation stage ( 



Chingford CofE Primary School

Kings Road

London, E4 7EY

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