Welcome to the Early Years at Woodlea Primary School

The teachers are Mrs Churchill and Mrs Brooke and the teaching assistants are Mrs Gallagher and Miss McCartney.

Our Early Years classrooms comprise of a large Nursery and Reception classroom, with a shared garden where the children play, learn and interact with each other. Our teaching and learning are based on cross-curricular themes which are designed both to develop the children’s key skills, follow their interests and challenge each child to progress onto their next steps. We believe that the way young children learn best is through carefully structured and self-initiated play.

Our maths and literacy lessons blend fun, engaging games with focused activities, providing the children with a firm basis of understanding on which to build their later knowledge. In the Autumn term staff host an ‘Early Reading’ workshop to ensure parents are aware of expectations, and how they can support their child with their learning at home.

The Early Years Foundation Stage is a discreet phase of primary education covering Nursery and Reception. Both classes follow the same curriculum, as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.


The EYFS Curriculum - See our curriculum maps here

Teaching and learning in the Foundation Stage follows the seven areas of learning. These are divided into prime and specific areas. Children should mostly develop the three prime areas first.

These are:

Communication and Language

Physical Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The prime areas will help them develop skills in the four specific areas. These are:



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design