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Four Marks CE Primary School

Love. Integrity. Forgiveness. Equality.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Welcome to Early Years!



Through play-based, active learning in our Reception Year we provide each child with a range of engaging opportunities to stimulate their creativity and support their development. We value the importance of the indoor and outdoor environment to develop children’s thinking, problem solving and communication skills.


We are particularly passionate about the role of the adult through high quality interactions, and environment as a third teacher. We have worked hard to create a carefully thought out learning space, both inside and outside, that encourages and challenges children through open-ended, natural resources that spark curiosity, awe and wonder. We follow principles from Elizabeth Jarman’s ‘Communication Friendly Spaces’, the Curiosity Approach and Alistair Bryce-Clegg’s ‘ABC Does’ approach to personalised, meaningful displays.


Our guiding principles dictate that our environment is a space that belongs to the children. In practice, this means that resources are all easily accessible, any ‘adult stuff’ is kept elsewhere, and that our environment changes and develops throughout the year to support children at every stage of their reception year.


We follow an interest-led approach to planning, taking inspiration from the children’s most recent areas of fascination. This allows us to ensure that our curriculum is personalised, relevant and purposeful for our children. Following the children’s lead, we will carefully choose rich texts and stories, which allow children to develop critical thinking and questioning skills, as well as the motivation to write for in meaningful, exciting contexts. We will also weave in key experiences to our curriculum, which includes our weekly Forest School sessions.


We are passionate and excited to support others in their settings, and share the enthusiasm, knowledge, and complete joy that we have found working in the Early Years!

Guiding Principles of our Early Years Curriculum

Early Year Foundation Stage Curriculum Map

Progression in Phonics- a guide for Parents

Our wonderful Outdoor Learning Area

Our outdoor learning 'village' was created by a team of volunteers with funding from local businesses. Our 'Wondering Woods' have a network of paths that lead to different areas for the children to explore.

The fundraising was coordinated by Four Marks Rotary Club, and was made possible by Blue Badger Property Services who carried out the design and construction work, alongside the generosity of local businesses. 

Watch the transformation!

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