Foundation Stage: Nursery and Reception

Hawthorn Primary operates two Foundation classes: F1 for 3-4 year olds and F2 for 4-5 year olds. Provision in F1 is flexible and parents and carers are able to purchase additional sessions in excess of the statutory 15 hours free entitlement.

Both classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This guidance is aimed at all settings educating children from birth to 5 years and is now seen as a separate phase from Key Stage 1. It is the pre-curser to the National Curriculum but includes elements of the literacy and numeracy frameworks. It ensures that children move through clearly defined ages and stages towards Early Learning Goals(ELGs) and successfully move onto Key Stage 1 having established firm foundations on which to build their future learning. Both the Ages and Stages and ELGs are broken down into smaller sets of assessment scales which focus upon the knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes that children will develop during their time in the Foundation stage. These assessment scales allow us to monitor your childs progress and report back to you all relevant information.

The EYFS is based upon four Themes:

1. A Unique Child
2. Positive Relationships
3. Enabling Environments
4. Learning & Development

Each Theme is linked to an important Principle:

A Unique Child

Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Positive Relationships

Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and / or a key person.

Enabling Environments

The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending childrens development and learning.

Learning & Development

Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected. There are six areas of learning and development which are known as the Early Learning Goals (ELGs).

Equal importance is placed on the indoor and outdoor classroom. Our new outdoor play area makes learning outside even more exciting! All staff in the Foundation Stage work hard to promote each childs natural curiosity and interests. Careful planning and close liaison between staff and parents ensures that all childrens needs are met.

EYFS Parents Guide

KS1 and KS2


All the children are taught according to the requirements of the National Curriculum and study Literacy, Numeracy, Science,Design and Technology, Information and Communication Technology, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music, Physical Education and Religious Education. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education and collective worship.

Attainment targets have been set which identify levels at which the majority of either Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 children will be expected to have reached by the time they reach the end of the key stage. Children are assessed by teachers in English, Mathematics and Science at the end of Key Stage One. National tests are used to assess children in Literacy and Numeracy at the end of Year 6 We also use QCA optional tests with the children in years 3, 4 and 5. Staff also use APP to build up a portfolio of evidence of each child's achievement over a period of time.

All pupils at Hawthorn Primary have access to the curriculum. The teaching staff use a variety of approaches to suit the needs of the pupils and subjects being taught. On any given day examples can be seen of children being taught individually, in-groups or as a whole class. Some pupils with learning difficulties or whose first language is not English receive specialist assistance.

Homework plays an important part in helping children to become independent learners. All children throughout the school will be asked to do some form of homework outside their lesson time and we very much encourage parents and carers to become involved. The amount and type of homework will depend on the age of the children. For the youngest children in the Foundation Stage this may just involve sharing and talking about a book. Through Key Stages 1 and 2 the amount of homework will gradually increase centred around extending reading skills, spelling and phonics, the vital acquisition of times tables and knowing the number bonds. The homework of the older children will
include their own research work and prepares them for secondary school. The school's homework policy provides greater detail.


Religious Education 

Please follow the links below to see how RE is carried out throughout the school.