Preparing, Believing, Achieving

Early Years

Reception is a wonderful year group where the children are able to explore, develop and learn new skills. They are beginning their educational journey and becoming part of our school family.

The classroom is based upon a philosophy used by Early Excellence. Early Excellence inspire children to be independent learners and to challenge themselves in all aspects of the curriculum. The classroom is designed for children to access every area of the continuous provision. We have selected resources so that it enables the children to build upon their experiences and ideas. We also have a marvellous outdoor area situated to the back of our classroom, this ensures that children are accessing the outdoors freely. The outdoor area is set up to replicate the classroom; children are able to access resources freely and choose how they are going to apply themselves. 

Early Excellence (August 2019) say 'Creating spaces that are appealing, continually available and familiar to young children enables deeper learning – as children return to, repeat and extend their ideas over time. This promotes mastery behaviour as children are introduced to and supported with the use of carefully selected high-quality resources.' 

In the Early Years children are assessed continually, as children develop their assessment portfolio is updated regularly. This is done by assessed observations and the work they produce. We also have termly parents meetings and reports where parents are updated on their child's progress.


It is important for children to have a routine, children are often found to settle into school life quicker when they have something to follow. This is something we work extremely hard on in the Early Years; we also have access to a visual timetable in the classroom. We have a daily routine of handwriting, phonics, maths and then in an afternoon it consists of topic, forest school, art, music, pe or french. 


Please see the policy section for our EYFS policy and also our Cheviots class page for any updates or information. 


Our Curriculum 

 Early Years SEF

Early Years Action Plan



Our Reception Classroom


Contact Details

Telephone Number:

School Office: 01229 861307

Email Address:

Greenodd, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 7RQ