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Welcome to the EYFS at Mapledene Primary School





The EYFS team recognise and appreciate that starting both nursery and school is a big step for both you and your child so here at Mapledene we aim to make this a really happy and positive experience.

If you are interested in a nursery or reception place for your child please contact the school office on 0121 464 2881. We look forward to meeting you and showing you around.


Nursery Staff   

Mrs Walsh - Class Teacher

Mrs Wynn - Teaching Assistant


Reception Staff

Miss Hatfield - Yellow Class Teacher

Miss Young - Blue Class Teacher

Miss Briggs - Teaching Assistant


At Mapledene Primary School the EYFS team aims to provide high quality standards of education and care, alongside laying the sound foundations on which the children's future learning depends. We have high expectations and aim to help all our children fulfil their full potential regardless of their gender, ethnicity or ability.


We aim to :

  • Create an environment in which the children feel safe, happy, secure, valued and confident.
  • Provide well planned purposeful activities that stimulate and challenge the children.
  • Build on what the children already know and can do.
  • Provide a broad and balanced curriculum.
  • Encourage the children to think and talk about their learning and to develop independence.
  • Ensure that each child is given the opportunity to reach their potential.
  • Invite parents to be involved in their children's education.


In our school we have a mornings only nursery class and two full-time reception classes. In nursery there is one full-time teacher and one full-time teaching assistant.Children who have turned four by the 1st September of that school year could be offered a full-time place in one of our two reception classes. Attendance at our nursery however does not guarantee a reception place and parents/carers must apply for a school place through Birmingham City Council.


The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum.


In the Foundation Stage your child will be taught under the governments  Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. This helps to support children's learning, development and welfare from birth to the age of five.


The EYFS is based upon four principles:

  • A Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning and Development

Learning and Development


Our foundation stage has one large nursery classroom with its own outdoor learning area. The two reception classrooms are open plan enabling both classes to access both rooms, as well as having their own dedicated class learning area. Reception also has it own outdoor learning area.

Our learning environments are organised to allow children to explore and learn securely and safely.


Areas of Learning


The EYFS is made up of three prime areas of learning:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development


There are four specific areas of learning:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design



The EYFS also included the characteristics of effective teaching and learning.

The three characteristics are:

  • Playing and Exploring
  • Active Learning
  • Creating and Thinking Critically




Play underpins the delivery of all the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and the development and learning for young children.

Well planned play, both indoors and outdoors, is important as young children learn with enjoyment and learn many new skill from being involved in purposeful, structured play.

This therefor enables your child to build up important relationships with other children, and allows them to use their initiative and problem solving skills. It is through these experiences that children learn and develop. 


RWI - How to say the pure sounds.

It is very important that children say each sound the correct way. The video below demonstrates how to say each sound.


RWI How to say the sounds.mp4

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