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Early Years Foundation Stage

Our Curriculum

In our Early Years Unit, we work together to develop the prime areas of learning and the charatceristics of effective learning before anything else. We use 'themes' to manage the content of what is delivered in planned lessons as well as the enhancements we make to our continuous provision. These themes run alongside the Jigsaw framework that we use in school to deliver PSHE learning. We have made this decision because we feel that this encompasses the key skills we wish to develop within the early years, to build on through our school. Where possible, we try to link the Literacy to these themes, and then alongside this we will explore physical development, understanding of the world and expressive arts and design through enhancements to the continous priovision and through focussed activities. We plan our continuous provision carefully to ensure that children are able to grow and develop their skills through play, and we hope to identify any gaps or difficulties early and address them effectively. If you have any concerns about things like behaviour in the home, toiletting, general development or mental health, please see a member or staff, or click here to self-refer to request support from Thriving Kirklees, Locala.   

Speech, Language and Communication (SLC)

We are committed to developing effective communication skills for all children. Our continuous provision is rich in opportunities to talk and intereact with others, and adults model speaking, listening and effective interactions at every posssible opportunity. We have a number of programs and interventions to support SLC skills, and should we become concerned, we will speak to parents and arrange a referral where appropriate. 

Please click here for more information about speech, langauge and communication, and expectations for different age groups.


In Nursery, children use 'Foundations for Phonics' as part of the Little Wandle package to practice early reading skills. Children have group times each day where they might play games, listen to stories and sing nursery rhymes to support this.

In Reception, children begin Phase 2 of Little Wandle (a revised Letters and Sounds) and continue to Phase 4 throuhghout the year. Children have a daily phonics session as well as 3 reading group sessions each week. Reading books are changed weekly and sent home to practise with parents. 

Please click here to see the Little Wandle Parents Page.


Often linking to our 'theme' for the half term, we have a selection of rich texts to immerse children in the love of reading. We use CLPE as a starting point to fully explore different texts, including fiction and non fiction. Children in Nursery will explore mark making, and become emergent writers. They will practise handling books, turning pages and discussing the illustrations. They will hear quality texts daily, and the staff will share with them their love of reading. In Reception, children will begin to make marks for different purposes and implement their phonics knowledge to begin writing words and sentences. They will also apply this knowlegde to blending sounds, where they will begin their journey as a reader.


As a school, we are dedicated to teaching maths through a mastery approach. This involves looking at the number system, as well as shapes and measures, using very small steps in a very practical approach. Children will explore numbers in their environment within the continous provision, in the outdoor area, in the forest school and through taught carpet time sessions. We will use White Rose Maths, the NCETM, Numberblocks and Numicon as resources to support children in their mathematical journeys. 

Please click here to see the Parents Page for White Rose Maths.

Look at the fun we have in Early years...

Nursery Places

We offer 15 and 30 hours places in Nursery, depending on eligibility and places available. We  have 3 intakes throughout the year; September, January and April when we have places available. Please visit or email the office for an application form, or download one here, and return it the term before your child turns 3. This is so the admissions panel can fill places depending on the criteria in our Admissions Policy, and so that we can invite you to our Stay and Play Sessions. 

Reception Places

Places in Reception are allocated by Kirklees Admissions and the applications deadline for Septemeber 2021 is now closed. If you require a place and have not completed the online admission form, please contact Kirklees Admissions, and not school. In the Summer Term, we will hold a transition meeting for parents and children will be invited for a visit into school and sample a school dinnner.*

Please note, having a place in our school Nursery does not guarentee a place in Reception. Parents MUST use the Kirklees Admissions process to secure a place in Reception. 

*Depending on current Covid-19 guidlines. 

Our Staff Team...

Miss Sarah Dearlove-Assistant Head/EYFS Lead/SENDCo

Mrs Sally Cleminson- Teacher/Pupil Premium Co-ordinator

Mrs Kate Ogden- PPA Cover/Music Lead

Miss Aqsa Anwar- PPA Cover

Mrs Julie Hill- Educational Teaching Assistant

Mrs Sarah Gray- Nursery Nurse

Miss Jodie Broadbent- Trainee ETA

Mrs Debi Cornforth- ETA/Lunchtime Cover

Mrs Samantha Riley- ETA/Lunchtime Cover

Miss Carla Jolliff- Lunchtime Cover 


We use Tapestry as an online learning journal. All parents have access to this, and can see the progress their children are making through observations noted by the staff. They can also share their own learning experiences at home and at the weekend to support the team to see our children's whole range of abilities. Children love to describe and explain their weekend adventures using Tapestry to support their discussion.

A day in the life of a child at Scholes...

Children in both Nursery and Reception have access to continuous provision where they can self select throughout the day. They also hace access the outdoor area where an adult will be out there to support learning each day. 

Nursery children have short carpet times to practise maths, literacy and phonics skills as well as exploring personal, social and emtional skills through circle times, reading stories and sharing experiences on Taspesty. 

Reception children have slightly longer carpet times and follow sequnces of learning to carefully support development that is complemented by White Rose Maths, the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education and Letters and Sounds.

Between carpet times, children are involved in rich experiences through a carefully planned and resourced continous provision. The setting is visually exciting, and we aim for children to feel welcome, comfortable and stimulated in the environment. Each day, children have opportunities to play outdoors, to can participate in a 'focus activity' that is often linked to the topic, an area of interest or something seasonal, and to be supported and scaffolded in their play. In reception, children will complete an adult led small group activity which is either maths, literacy or phonics that relates to that day's learning objective.

We value real-life experiences, and where we can we use visitors and visits to enhance our currriculum.  

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