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Early Years

Our School Vision:  

Bishop Chavasse Church of England School Policies are all underpinned by respect and our school parable 'The Wise and the Foolish Builder', which forms the basis of our whole school vision, highlighting the importance of wisdom, compassion and honesty.  


Bishop Chavasse School values every wonderfully and uniquely created child and adult; inspiring everyone to fulfil their potential, as we achieve excellence together. As Jesus teaches through the parable of the house on the rock: we grow in wisdom, supported by the compassion of God to establish firm, honest foundations on which every child can build.   


At Bishop Chavasse Church of England Primary School, the intent of our EYFS curriculum is to provide all children with the foundations of knowledge and skills that can grow in wisdom during their school journey. Our curriculum is a topic based curriculum that is planned and sequenced, focusing on deepening their learning as they move across the year groups. Our curriculum is focused around the needs of each and every child. Our detailed assessments that are carried out across the year, means teaching and learning can be adapted so that progress can be made. We provide children with a stimulating environment, allowing them to become independent and curious in all areas of their learning and to be immersed in a language rich environment, which is essential in making sure progress is being made.  


Our EYFS curriculum ensures meaningful learning takes place, providing opportunities for all children to become self-sufficient, resourceful and engaged learners. Our day consists of adult led, adult initiated and child initiated learning. We understand how children learn best through play and this means all areas of the curriculum allows chances for this to happen. Activities to support phonics and maths are done through practical, play based ways, which inspired all children to challenge themselves further. Across the year, we are supporting the children to take responsibility for their own learning and growth through our child initiated time ‘Rainbow Learning’. By the end of Reception, all children will remember and will be able to confidently talk about the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ and they will be able to talk about their play through our ‘plan, do and review’ time.

We aim for the children to become active learners, who take ownership of their learning through thinking about how they can challenge themselves in their play. The ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ underpin and support children with their learning in order for it to be meaningful and stimulating. As a team, all adults understand the ways in which we can support child with their play, focusing on the differences between adult interaction and interference when engaging with the children.  


  • All children will make excellent progress in all areas of learning including becoming confident readers and being able to complete tasks independently. 
  • Using the Early Years Statutory Framework and Development Matters, children will be achieving most or all the Early Learning Goals for the end of Reception.  This will allow them to make firm foundations where the goals and achievements that they make will prepare all children for the transition to Year 1. 
  • All children will be confident and independent learners both when in reception and for their transition to Year 1, inspired by their learning environment and curriculum.  
  • All children will obtain ‘broad knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life’ (EYFS Statutory framework, 2023) 
  • Children will be immersed in stimulating and meaningful learning experiences that they will remember for the rest of their lives. All children will experience forest school learning, focusing on the importance of resilience. First hand opportunities through topic based learning will give all children a range of different experiences that are new and exciting such as meeting a range of key workers who help our community and understanding how they are look after their environment.