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Welcome to

Early Years Foundation Stage


Ducks                                    Otters          


We are EYFS and we love to learn through

investigating, exploring and play.


We follow the Early Years Curriculum.

We use Read, Write Inc to help us with our phonics, reading and writing. 

Mathematics is taught through the concrete, pictorial and abstract approach.  


 What to expect when you walk in our classroom


  •  Children engaged in Planned Purposeful Play which we call Ace Active Agent Time.
  •  Adults listening to children, encouraging speech by modelling, rephrasing and repeating. 
  •  Children will be given thinking time and wonder time to deepen their thoughts.
  •  Focus challenges set for the children’s needs.          
  • All areas of the curriculum will be valued.
  •   There will be lots of opportunities to learn through doing. Fine and gross motor skills will be enhanced.



“When children are relaxed and happy they do their best thinking”

Professor Julie Fisher


“Effective interactions are where the child gains something positive

that he or she did not have before”

Oxfordshire ACI Project 


When you come into our classroom there are three learning experiences you could see: adult-led, child-led and adult initiated.  Each of these has their own purpose and each requires different kinds of adult input.


Adult-led allows children to carry out activities that otherwise they may not be able to manage by  themselves, such as cooking or scissor skills.


Child-led is where the child will direct and lead the play in any way they wish.  It is based on the idea that we are naturally curious about our world.


Adult-initiated is where the adult will provide a safe and stimulating environment to explore and test their ideas.   


Characteristics of Ducks’ and Otters’  Learners


Playing and exploring

Active Learning

Creating and thinking critically

  •  Physically engaged

  •  Mentally engaged

  •  On their own /      Independent

  •  Working with others/ collaborating

  •  Risk taking

  •  Confident

  •  Respect for others

  •  Flexibility

  •  Trusting

  •  Joining in

  •  Interacting


  •  Excited/Eager/Motivated

  •  Expressive of emotions

  •  Showing         satisfaction/achievement

  •  Investigating

  •  In control/     leading learning

  •  Involved/absorbed/concentrated

  •  Testing ideas/theories/skills

  •  Consolidating/theories/skills


  •  Sourcing own    materials/resources

  •  Recreating experiences

  •  Showing connections

  •  Using imagination

  •  Curious

  •  Making changes

  •  Humorous

  •  Purposeful

  •  Persistent

  •  Resilient

  •  Problem solving

  •  Logical

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