Aiming High Learning for Life

Early Years

Early childhood is the foundation on which children build the rest of their lives. At Putnoe Primary School, we greatly value the importance that the EYFS plays in laying secure foundations for future learning and development. It is important to view the EYFS as preparation for life and not simply preparation for the next stage of education.

We provide a broad and balanced curriculum that will enable each child to develop personally, socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically, creatively and intellectually to their full potential. Each child is valued as an individual and teaching and learning is based on the understanding that children develop at different rates.

If you have a child due to start school in September 2020, information about our early years setting and provision can be found at the bottom of this page.  There is also a video to watch that gives you an insight into our setting.

Also at the bottom of this page is the school's Early Years Policy and information regarding early literacy parental support.  Our Curriculum Overviews can be found on our class pages of this website.

A Typical Early Years Day

  • 9.00 - Lesson 1 (English or Maths)
  • 10.00 - Snack/Independent Learning/Outside Classroom (PE, ICT, Guided Reading)
  • 11.00 - Lesson 2 (Phonics)
  • 11.30 - Lunch
  • 12.45 - Lesson 3 (English or Maths)
  • 1.30 - Specific Areas (EAD, Music or UW) (Independent Learning/Outside Classroom, Guided Reading)
  • 3.00 - Story
  • 3.15 - Teaching & Learning Ends



Getting Ready for Reception

The following video contains some extremely useful information to explain how to get ready for the foundation stage.  It can be watched in many languages and these can be access by clicking on the backwards and forwards buttons (that look like |< or >|) after you have pressed play.

Curriculum Adaptations for September 2021-2022

Our classroom routines and practices have been adapted so that we are ‘Covid Safe’.

We have a ‘bubble’ for each of our three Reception classes and ensure that these do not mix at any time through staffing children in corridors and when using the toilets.

Each class uses our playground area separately and equipment is cleaned between each use.  On a three-week rotation, children can use the climbing frame, sand pit and sports equipment to ensure they can access the resources they need to support their development.  These are all quarantined for at least 72 hours between each class use.

To enable our children to use our ‘Outside Classroom’, we have organised it into three areas.  The children use the resources within their own areas and wash their hands before and after using the area. Outside resources are rotated between each class to ensure all children have access to the equipment over a three-week period. They are kept in quarantine for at least 72 hours between each use.

Our PE days are all on a Friday; children come to school dressed in their kits.  Our PE sessions are all outside.

As we are not able to use The ICT Suite to support ‘Technology’ aspect, the children will be using iPads.  Each child will be given a specific device to use in lessons which will be cleaned before and after each use.

Children are asked to wash their hands:

  • Upon entering the classroom
  • Before and after eating lunch
  • After using the toilets
  • Before going outside
  • Before going inside

Children have their own equipment which is kept in their own tray.  This includes whiteboard, whiteboard eraser, scissors, pencil and glue stick.

We continue to use whiteboard pens and colouring equipment.  These are used on a 72-hour rotation. We have created 3 sets of each to enable us to do so.

All indoor play equipment is sterilised daily.