Learning through Play

Welcome to Blakesley Hall Primary School Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Our Curriculum and Learning Environment

Our children spend their time in Early Years following their own interests and ideas.

The environment is our ‘third teacher’ and we follow examples from the Curiosity Approach, Early Excellence and the works of Alistair Bryce-Clegg to provide the highest level of provision for our young learners.

We have one large open-plan classroom, a large free-flow outdoor learning area and a wide range of high-quality resources that provide children with the opportunities to become active learners. At Blakesley, we understand what makes children successful learners and make sure that we provide the children with endless opportunities to develop these skills.

Construction area.
Home corner.

Loose parts area.
Small world area.

PE will take place:

  • RW- Monday
  • RB - Tuesday

Please send your child in with their PE kit on these days.

Playing and Exploring – Engagement

Children need the opportunity to play and explore, recreating their own experiences in order to make sense of their world.

We encourage children to take risks, try new things and have a go at things that might challenge them.


At Blakesley we encourage children to take safe risks in the woodwork area, using real tools to cut and join wood!

Active Learning - Motivation

We encourage children to persevere and keep trying, and always support them to become their best selves.

We encourage children to become involved and be active participants in their learning, developing and nurturing high levels of fascination and curiosity.

We nurture a sense of pride and celebrate when the children achieve what they set out to do.


Creating and Thinking Critically - Thinking

We aim to provide a culture where children are confident to think for themselves, have their own ideas, and share them with others.

Children are encouraged to draw on their own experiences in order to make links, notice patterns, make predictions and test their own ideas.

e encourage children to take control of their learning, developing their independence by choosing ways to do things, making and adapting plans and learning problem-solving skills to achieve their goals.

Our Learning

In Reception, we are following the new EYFS Framework as early adopters:

We will be focussing our learning around seven key areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design