Ash Class

Our school day starts at 8.50am. Our morning session runs from 9am until 11.45 am. We have morning break at 10.15-10.30 am and lunch at 11.45 am. The afternoon session runs from 12.45-3.30pm.

We hope your child has a wonderful year in Ash Class.

New Parents Evening 2024 Reception

EYFS Intent:

At Manor Road we believe that the Early Years Foundation Stage is crucial in securing solid foundations that children are going to continue to build upon.

It is our intent that all children who enter the EYFS at Manor Road develop physically, verbally, cognitively and emotionally. We aim for all children to develop a positive attitude to school and a love of learning.  We believe that all children deserve to be valued as an individual and we are passionate in allowing all children to achieve their full, unique potential.

We begin each year by looking at the individual needs and interests of our children. We carefully develop our flexible EYFS curriculum which engages parents and children on our learning journey together.  Our curriculum is planned to match the unique needs and stages of development for all, through a range of topics with children’s interests at the heart of it.

In Pre-School, our curriculum focuses strongly on the three Prime Areas of learning. These three areas are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development; and
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

The prime areas of learning reflect the key skills such as sharing resources and using tools that all children need to develop and learn effectively in order for successful learning in the other four specific areas.

As children move into Reception and grow in confidence and ability within the three prime areas, the balance changes towards a more equal focus on all prime and specific areas of learning. The four specific areas of learning are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World; and
  • Expressive Arts and Design.

At Manor Road, we help children set and reflect on their own goals by setting high expectations and developing a love of reading, writing and number. This is delivered through a holistic curriculum which maximises opportunities for meaningful cross-curricular links and learning experiences. Throughout their time in Reception, and as their development allows, the balance gradually shifts towards more activities led by adults, and applying their knowledge and understanding to complete tasks independently in order to help prepare children for the challenges in Key Stage One and beyond.


Children follow the EYFS Curriculum, which has seven main areas of learning.

The Prime Areas:

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

The Specific Areas:

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

The teaching of these areas of learning is practical with support and challenge being given from adults in the setting. Teaching is delivered through a mixture of whole class sessions, small group sessions, adult-led sessions and independent learning through the creative continuous provision. Learning outside is encouraged ‘whatever the weather’ and the Characteristics of Effective Learning are at the heart of all learning, with children using colours to identify how they learn.

Within our EYFS Curriculum, children are assessed continuously through accurate and informative observations. These provide staff with information for future planning and personalised next steps.

At Manor Road Primary School, we believe that there are always opportunities for teaching. Whilst we do not always know where or when these opportunities will present themselves, it is the skill of our adults that enable them to readily recognise ‘teachable moments’ when they arise and how to respond to them appropriately. It is however, just as important to know when intervening could hinder children’s learning. Facilitating high quality interactions whilst children explore their provision will enable them to develop their language and ideas, to think critically, problem solve and reflect upon their achievements.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework consists of four overarching and guiding principles that shape education and practice in the early years.

1. Unique Child – Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable,

confident and self-assured.

2. Positive Relationships – Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

3. Enabling Environments – 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.

4. Learning and Development – Children develop and learn at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early year’s provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Children at our setting benefit from meaningful learning across the curriculum as staff plan for opportunities for communication, sustained shared thinking and physical challenge to build on existing skills, taking into account the Characteristics of Effective Learning. The Characteristics of Effective Learning describe behaviours children use in order to learn. To learn well, children must approach opportunities with curiosity, energy and enthusiasm. Effective learning must be meaningful to a child, so that they are able to use what they have learned and apply it in new situations. These abilities and attitudes of strong learners will support them to learn well and make good progress in all areas of Learning and Development.

Playing and Exploring

Engagement Finding out and Exploring

Playing with what they know Being willing to ‘have a go’

Active Learning


Being involved and concentrating Keep trying

Enjoying achieving what they set out to do

Creative and Critical Thinking

Thinking Having their own ideas

Making links Working with ideas

Throughout the day, children learn through a balance of child-initiated and adult-directed activities. Our daily timetable is carefully structured so that children have access to outstanding teaching in English, Maths, Phonics and an additional area of learning. These sessions are then followed on with group activities, working directly with a member of staff to focus on their individual targets. This focused group time ensures teachers can systematically check children’s understanding, identify and respond to misconceptions and provide verbal feedback which results in a strong impact on the acquisition of new learning.


The EYFS Curriculum at Manor Road will encourage lifelong learning. From their different starting points, all children will make excellent progress academically, emotionally, creatively, socially and physically.

Children will have strong communication skills and will have the confidence to speak to others about their needs and wants, whilst being able to listen to the views of others.

Knowledge, understanding and skills will be secured and embedded so that children attain highly and are fully prepared for Key Stage One.  At Manor Road Primary School, children experience a smooth transition between Pre-School, Reception and beyond. Effective communication and collaboration between Early Years and Key Stage One staff ensures that children leave reception with a solid foundation of learning of which to build upon.



Curriculum overview

Here is the weekly timetable and Long Term Plan for this year

Ash timetable 2022


EYFS Skill progression Pre-school to Reception NEW

Development of key vocabulary across the areas of learning in the EYFS


Information and Resources

Please see below, additional information pages about Ash Class

Ash – Show & Tell

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Ash – Homework

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Ash – Snacks

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Ash – Reading

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Ash – Useful Videos

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Ash – PE

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Ash – Newsletter

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Ash – Class Dojos

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Ash – New Starters

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Ash – Useful Links

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Ash – Enrichment

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Ash – Class Showcase

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Ash – Other Information

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Ash – Targets

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Ash – Curriculum

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