Living to Learn, Learning to Live Together

Early Years

Foundation Stage

At New Pastures Primary School we ensure our curriculum is fully inclusive to every child. We fulfil the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)  Curriculum and see this as vital in securing solid foundations that children are going to continue to build upon. Knowing that all pupils are unique individuals with their own specific needs we encourage them to develop their individual skills and are passionate in enabling all children to achieve their full unique potential in a supportive environment where they are valued and respected.


  • To ensure our children are happy, feel safe and secure and are ready to learn.

  • For our children to develop physically, verbally, cognitively and emotionally whilst embedding a positive attitude to school, learning and the world around them.

  • To offer a broad and balanced Foundation Stage Curriculum based on the seven areas of learning The Prime Areas: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development and the specific Areas: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, and Expressive Arts 

  • Provide a combination of child initiated, adult-led and teacher taught sessions to enable children to make good progress

  •  We want our children to believe in themselves, their abilities and capabilities to become successful in their academic career and beyond.

  •  We want our children to develop an independent love of reading to support their learning in all areas of the curriculum.

  •  To use observations and assessments  accurately in order for us to plan next steps in learning effectively so that our children make at least good progress from their starting points


  • Develop positive relationships with our children and families ensuring that we have good parental links. Provide- proud parent communication- daily visits to classes- workshops- celebrations. These ensure our children and families feel happy and safe.

  • Work as a team ensuring all children are supported by key people.

  • At New Pastures Primary School we encourage children to demonstrate their attitudes and behaviours to learning through the Characteristics of Effective Learning.

  • Our curriculum is designed to recognise their prior learning and build these foundations to further their development and become creative, critical thinkers to enable them to challenge themselves.  We ensure the content of the curriculum is taught in a logical progression so that children build on prior learning.

  • To teach these areas of learning in practical and playful ways with support and challenge from adults in class sessions, small group sessions and working with individuals. Learning is carefully planned by the staff to support early reading, writing, mathematics and language development as well as social skills.

  • We recognise that reading is a key to all other learning and ensure quality phonic sessions are being taught daily using the Letters and Sounds structure with children’s reading books matching their phonic ability. We promote a love of books by reading aloud to the children, enlivening stories with the use of props, fancy dress and character voices. We encourage parents to read with their child on a daily basis and to recognise the importance of reading.

  • Provide stimulating continuous provision opportunities in indoor and outdoor environments

  • We make good use of our daily observations using tapestry and ongoing assessments to ensure that next steps are planned for children`s learning. This ensures early intervention can be implemented where needed to ensure progression 


  • The impact of our Foundation stage curriculum will endeavour for our children to be ready for their next stage of learning in Key Stage 1.

  • Through the Characteristics of Effective Learning we strive to support children to be creative critical thinkers in all they do.

  • We strive to ensure that our children make at least good progress across all areas of the EYFS curriculum from their varied starting points including vulnerable groups such as those with SEND, disadvantaged or summer born children.

  • The impact of our curriculum is measured by assessment procedures which allow us to measure outcomes against all schools locally and nationally.

  • Our assessment judgements have been moderated both in school and externally with local schools in our pyramid. We also partake in local authority moderation, which has been validated our school judgements.

New Pastures Primary School

Pitt Street, Mexborough,

South Yorkshire S64 0LT


Tel: 01709 583271  Fax: 01709 578092

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