Here at Raynham Primary School, we understand the importance of learning through play. We aim to ensure that children have fun every day while learning in a stimulating environment as they grow and develop.

Our Early Years curriculum is personalised and unique, based on what our children need to grow and flourish. We incorporate the children’s interests through various themes, ensuring that the curriculum combines learning both in and outside the classroom while the children experience many exciting, active learning opportunities.

We report on the Early Years Stage Foundation Stage Profile, where the Early Learning Goals support teachers to make a judgement about each child’s development. However, it does not in any way limit the rich and comprehensive learning experiences.

The areas of learning have been organised into three prime areas of learning and four specific areas of learning. These are as follows:


  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal and Social Development


  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


We provide many opportunities for children to learn in the Early Years setting through the teacher’s planning and children’s activities.

The three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:

  • Playing and exploring – children have the opportunity to investigate and experience a range of activities and are encouraged to ‘have a go.’
  • Active learning – children concentrate and develop resilience when they encounter difficulties and enjoy their achievements
  • Creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for completing a task


Starting School:

Starting school can be very daunting for any child. Luckily there is a range of games and activities to help your child get ready.

Here are some games for your child to play:

It’s your first day at school!

Game – Bud’s Number Garden 

Go Jetters: Hero Academy


These videos are our favourite for your child:

Time for School 

Primary school life: lunchtime 


Here is some information for you to help your child:

How to help with the transition from home to school

How to get your child’s bedtime routine right 

Top tips for toilet training

How to build resilience in your child

How to help your child be independent 

How to help your child make friends at school 

Top tips for reading with your child


Twinkl has this fantastic poster to support getting ready for school:

Ready for school poster


Pacey – Toolkit to support school readiness: