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Barrington Primary School

"Supporting each other to achieve together"



This year in Reception we have 13 girls and 17 boys. The class teacher is Mrs Smith and the teaching assistants are Miss French and Mrs Hopkins.

Mrs Smith works Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  On Tuesday Miss French will teach the class.

EYFS Policy & Philosophy

At Barrington Primary School, all staff deliver an EYFS curriculum through immersion in high quality teaching alongside an enriched environment. Our philosophy is to nurture every child’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, developing both skills and confidence as they take their first steps on their own unique journey of lifelong learning.

EYFS 2021 Framework

At Barrington Primary School we follow the EYFS Statutory Framework (2021). Within this framework there are four guiding principles which shape our practice. These are:

  1. Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident, and self-assured.
  2. Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
  3. Children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them to build their learning over time.  Children benefit from a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.
  4. Children develop and learn at different rates.

The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Our Curriculum

The curriculum at Barrington is delivered through a balance of adult led and child led learning. It incorporates everything we want the children to experience, learn and be able to do. Meeting all the requirements of the educational programmes in the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the flexibility to allow us to respond quickly to children’s new interests and/or needs.

The intent for our children is for them to enter the next stage of their education ready to tackle new challenges with confidence and a positive mindset.

When the children enter the EYFS they quickly learn that experiences, challenges and new learning can be seen through the lens of being brave and resilient in the faces of challenges, being kind and responsible individuals, and being curious, creative, knowledgably and imaginative. We want children to become learners for life.

Our curriculum incorporates learning through play, learning by adults modelling, by observing each other and through guided learning and direct teaching. It is also important to highlight that our plans are flexible to allow us to respond quickly to children’s new interests and/or needs. Weaving throughout the EYFS curriculum at Barrington are three Characteristics of Effective Learning.

  • Playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’.
  • Active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements.
  • Creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.

These elements underpin how we reflect on each child’s development and adjust our practice accordingly. Supporting children in their individual learning behaviour and observing the context of children’s play is essential.

Summer Term

This half term our topic is ‘Amazing Animals’.  We will be exploring animal life cycles, animals around the world, climate, animal patterns and the work of David Attenborough

After half term our topic is ‘Fun at the Seaside’ topic will involve exploring floating and sinking, Pirates, holidays, comparing the seaside in the past, and marine life.

Here is a link to look at our Summer term class newsletter:
Summer class newsletter