Early Years

Welcome to the Early Years!
Who Are We?
Class Teachers - Mrs Harrison, Mrs Quayle & Mr Lovatt

Teaching Assistants - Mrs WebbMs Couchman, Miss HillMrs Lansley 


Our Current Remote Learning Sway

Click on the picture below to see a list of all of our daily Sways, detailing all of the activities to complete remotely at home.


Our Current Planning Mindmap 


Our Two Year Rolling Plan


   Summer Term 2021

This term we are finding out about dinosaurs and enjoying the stories of ‘The Girl and the Dinosaur’ by Hollie Hughes and 'Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs' by Giles Andreae.

Please click on the planning mindmap below to see specific statements for each subject.



   Spring Term 2021

This term we are finding out about nocturnal animals and enjoying the story of ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell.

Please click on our current planning mindmap above to see specific statements for each subject.





The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The 'Early Years Foundation Stage' (EYFS) is the stage of a child's development from birth to the end of the Reception year at school. It is based on four important principles:
A unique child
Positive relationships
Enabling environments
Learning and development

Play underpins all of the EYFS. Children must have the opportunity to play indoors and outdoors. It is through play that children develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally.
There are three 'Prime Areas' of learning in the EYFS, that are viewed as the most essential for a child's readiness for future learning and healthy development.

The Prime Areas are fundamental, work together and move through to support development in all other areas;
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Physical Development

There are then four 'Specific Areas' of learning which build upon the prime areas.
The Specific Areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society;
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
None of these areas of learning can be delivered in isolation from each other.
There is more information available on the EYFS at the websites below. Click on an image to be taken to the website.

EYFS at Black Firs
With this in mind we are proud of our offer here at Black Firs. We strive to ensure the environment is stimulating and the children have the freedom to use their imaginations and make connections in their play.

We follow the children's interests in the themes we develop. While the themes come from the children's ideas and play, we then bring them to life with a book.
Recent examples of this include;
an interest in Hospitals, so we used 'Dr Miaow's Big Emergency' by Sam Lloyd
an interest in Superheroes, so we used 'Michael Recycle' by Ellie Bethel
an interest in Aeroplanes, so we used 'Pigs Might Fly' by Jonathan Emmett
an interest in Princes and Princesses, so we used 'The Princess and The Pea' by Lauren Child
and an interest in Pirates, so we used 'Capitain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs' by Giles Andreae


Tiddler's Presentation 2020 - Parts 1 & 2
Part 1


Part 2


Applying for a place at Pre-School

Our pre-school offers children a true “pre-school year” before they move up to Reception. We operate three intakes per school year to coincide with our main school terms, September, January and April.

With their own purpose-built EYFS building which is shared with Reception, our pre-school children enjoy a well-rounded school experience so that when the time comes to start “big school” they are raring to go!

Children can start the term they turn three which means they also qualify for the 15 hours free universal funding, and, if both parents are working, will also be eligible for the 30 hours funding. To find your eligibility code or to register for the free universal hours, please go to Childcare Choices | 30 Hours Free Childcare, Tax-Free Childcare and More | Help with Costs | GOV.UK

We operate a waiting list for each intake and, even though we try our best to accommodate every request, we do fill up very quickly!

To get your child onto our waiting list, please complete all of the forms in our pre-school application pack which can be found below and return them to our school office by post, email (|) or pop them straight to us between the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday-Friday by hand.

Once we receive the applications they are date stamped and collated in date order onto our list for the relevant term. If we reach capacity for the term you have applied for, you will be offered the following term. We do give priority in our April term to children who will be starting reception and may want to increase their hours.

Please be aware that our places fill up very quickly so it is best to get your application to us as soon as you can to ensure a place on our waiting list. The sooner you apply, the better!

Parents will be contacted by email by the school office to offer a pre-school place prior to the start of each term. Emails will be sent in June for the September intake, November for the January intake and February for the April intake. You will also be contacted if you have been unsuccessful in securing a place for that term and offered the next available term. 

Late applications are always welcome, however to avoid disappointment, it is better to plan well ahead and get your application to us as soon as you can.