'Really pleased with my child's first term at Cholsey school. He has settled in really well, and his teachers have been so accommodating and made him feel very welcome. They have encouraged his learning and their teaching skills are fantastic and encouraging.'

Parent Survey November 2014

I have been consistently happy with the care, guidance and teaching my child has received during his first year at Cholsey. He has made great personal and academic progress and his individual needs are considerately met by the teaching staff and assistants in FS. 

Parent email - April 2015

Early Years Foundation Stage Curriuculum

Please click here for a Curriculum Overview for the Foundation Stage



The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the curriculum for children from birth to 5. This is what we use at Cholsey Primary School. There are 7 areas of learning in the EYFS:


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children are helped to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others. It builds up their confidence and self-esteem and encourages them to form positive relationships with other people. They learn how to manage their feelings, and understand that their actions and words have consequences. They are encouraged to display positive behaviour and self-control.

Family Links Nurturing Programme

Each week we follow the Family Links Nurturing Programme for our special Circle Time. This programme is followed by the whole school and also by Cholsey Pre-School to help build the children’s self-esteem, to help them identify their feelings, to provide them with a vocabulary to talk about feelings and emotions, and to enable them to take responsibility for their own actions.  The Family Links page includes short videos of Cholsey School staff talking about the impact of the programme in our school.


Communication and language development

The children are provided with opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.


Physical development

Opportunities are provided for the children to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement, both on a large scale such as playing on a climbing frame and also on a smaller scale, for example through threading to practise hand–eye coordination. Children are also helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.



We do lots of activities to support physical development in the Foundation Stage garden. However, in addition to this, we do have a weekly P.E. session in the hall or outdoors. This includes gymnastics, athletics, dance, ball skills and games.



This includes both reading and writing. It involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters. This helps them to work out and read new words. They use the sounds in their writing and so begin to read and write. For more information about How we Teach Reading at Cholsey please click here.



Children are provided with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers and calculating. They explore shapes and patterns and use mathematical language to describe shapes. They encounter real life problems and think creatively of ways to solve them.


Understanding the world

This involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.


Expressive arts and design

This enables children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.


Forest School

Each week the children attend Forest School. This is held in our School’s own nature reserve.

Our aims at Cholsey Forest School are to:

  • respect, learn from, learn about and explore the natural world around us;
  • develop personal skills such as independence, caring for others, teamwork and communication;
  • develop physical skills such as jumping, running, climbing, tying knots etc;
  • develop creative skills like role-play and imaginative games.

Planning and the curriculum

During each term the staff continuously make observations on what is being learnt by the children. These are discussed at weekly meetings and help us to formulate the themes and activities we plan for the future.  In order to maximise children’s learning experiences there needs to be a balance between adult-led and child-initiated activities.

An individual pupil profile is kept for every child. Profiles from any previous settings will be forwarded to us to enable staff to build on the individual child’s learning. Staff are continuously updating the profiles; this allows them to track the children’s progress and become very familiar with their development.



Each child will be issued with a home-school notebook when they start. We ask that parents ideally spend 10 minutes each day reading with their child or at least four times a week. A comment can then be written in the home-school notebook about the reading. We are always interested to hear about your child’s learning out of school.

In the class there are many books that you can share with your child. You may take these home.


Parent Partnership

We wish to have a close relationship with parents and we are always keen that they are involved in the education of their children and in the life of the school.  You might like to help with reading, supervising small group activities, playing a game with some children, doing practical jobs in the setting or at home, or sharing any other of your talents with us.



Daily Routines    

Coming to school …

From 8:45 onwards you can bring your child into class. Children will self-register.


Settling in….

In the morning we run a drop and stop session. You bring your child to their carpet area where their teacher will be reading a story or singing nursery rhymes. You are welcome to stay and join in these sessions, but we ask that parents/guardians leave the setting by 9:00.


Morning activities

During the morning your child will have a phonics session and a maths mastery session. We open our outdoor area from 9:30 and children are allowed to do their child initiated activities inside/outside. The adults will join in with the children’s play and support them in working on their next steps.


Snack time…

Children can help themselves to a piece of fruit at the ‘snack bar’.



At 11:45 we get ready for lunch.


Afternoon activities….

Again children will have opportunities to play both inside and outside with a range of activities covering all areas of learning. Their learning will be supported by an adult. 


Useful Links:

The following web pages contain lots of brilliant advice for parents on how to support your child with their learning and being school ready.

Book Trust


Parents Guide to Foundation Years