Early Years

Welcome to our Early Years Foundation Stage page. 

At Rivington Primary School, we are committed to providing a caring and stimulating environment in which every child is valued and can thrive.

Our philosophy is to nurture every child as an individual, recognising and valuing their unique qualities and abilities, in order to support their learning and exploration at this wonderful stage.



The intent for our children is to feel safe, happy and eager to learn. At Rivington, we CARE.

COMMUNICATION – we strive for children to be able to communicate effectively and express themselves with confidence, sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings with the knowledge that they will be listened to and understood.

ASPIRATION – developmentally appropriate and ambitious planning, responsive to individuals and group dynamics, and an approach which inspires and challenges children’s inquisitive minds is taken by all adults.

REFLECT – we reflect on our own practice as well as the children’s learning in order to offer the best opportunities and environment. We aim to teach the children how to be skilful learners, developing independence, resilience, problem solving skills and

 how to collaborate.

EXPERIENCES – we aim for children to gain first-hand experiences to ignite their curiosity and embed their learning. We encourage children to independently access resources, develop their own play and ask for help, confident in the knowledge that they can co-construct their own learning environment and opportunities.


Our whole curriculum is underpinned by our school values:

GIVE THANKS – there is so much to be thankful for in our world and we seek every opportunity to support the children in understanding how fortunate we are for our family, community, environment and all that it provides.

KEEP PEACE – developing the children’s empathy and self-regulation skills are crucial in our set

ting. Through modelling, discussion and continuous support, we strive to create a calm and accepting atmosphere built upon mutual respect and understanding.

RESPECT – we aim for children and families to feel recognised and valued as individuals and as part of our community. We focus on children’s understanding of what it means to respect – each other and our environment.

PROTECT – safeguarding is central to our practice. We support the children in understanding how to risk asses our environment and protect our natural world. All adults are committed to protecting every child in our care with their physical, emotional and mental health and well-being.


The Early Years Curriculum is based on 7 areas of learning:

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

Underpinning the Early Years Curriculum are the Characteristic of Effective Learning:

  • Playing and exploring (engagement)
  • Active learning (motivation)
  • Creating and thinking critically (thinking)

Starting Nursery

To ensure ease of transition, we encourage parents to:

  • Talk to your child about Nursery and what to expect. This talk could also include discussing leaving toys at home.
  •  Complete an ‘All about me’ form which provides details of your child’s interests and preferences.
  •  Complete toileting, medical information, school trips, allergies, photographs and dietary requirements permission slips.
  •  Completing preferred hours and admissions forms.

Although we understand that all children develop and learn at different rates, we encourage parents to promote independence in their child’s toileting, dressing (putting on coats) and speaking to an adult when they want or need something. If you have any concerns or information regarding these issues then they can be discussed with the Nursery Teacher.

Transition to Reception

For children who have attended our Nursery setting, transition to Reception is a natural progression. Children are familiar with key staff and routines and have spent some time in their new classroom. Children who have not attended our Nursery are invited for a taster session in Reception in the summer term and parents will be invited to a welcome meeting. 


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Our EYFS Reading Journeys are mapped out using quality texts across the year. 

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