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Witherley Church of England Primary School



Welcome to Witherley's EYFS

Welcome to our EYFS page.  On this page you will find details of the learning that we cover, information about the EYFS curriculum and photos of our class activities (more photos are in the Children's Area - Explorers YR). 

In Explorers children are actively involved in their learning and follow both adult guided and child initiated investigation, exploring, play and learning. They take ownership and accept challenges, concentrating and developing their own ideas drawing on previous experiences to help them solve problems and reach conclusions. 
We also spend a full day a week in our Forest School space. 


We believe that strong positive partnership between parents and staff are fundamental to developing your child's independence and a love of learning. In Explorers we have a safe and secure environment where we establish routines and respond to the children's individual needs as all children develop and learn at different rates.


Explorers is a busy, happy place to come and learn. There is lots of information about our day and our routines in our Welcome Booklet below.  


Please contact us if you need any further information  or would like to arrange to come and visit us - 01827712198 .

Welcome booklet

To view our Reception class 'Welcome Booklet' please click on the link below. 

EXPLORERS Long Term Plan


In EXPLORERS we follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which sets the standards for promoting the learning, development and safety of children.  To plan effectively we need to know the children well, identifying their interests, exploring how they like to learn through observations and interactions. We monitor their progress in each area of learning through our observations, formative and summative assessments throughout the year.

To support our planning we use the 'Dimensions' curriculum.  The Dimensions Curriculum follows the new Development Matters and Early Learning Goals detailed by the Department for Education.  For details of the 'Themes' we cover in EXPLORERS please look at our Long Term Planning on this page and half termly Curriculum Newsletter.


The Foundation Stage has 7 areas of learning.  The areas of learning are divided into The Prime Areas and The Specific Areas.


The Prime Areas:


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


These areas are taught within the following specific areas:


The Specific Areas:


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


Characteristics of Effective Learning statements


The characteristics of effective learning in Foundation Stage are:


Playing and exploring 

  • Finding out and exploring
  • Playing with what they know
  • Being willing to have a go

Learning actively

  • Being involved and concentrating
  • Keeping trying
  • Enjoying achieving what they set out to do

Thinking creatively and developing thinking skills 

  • Having their own ideas
  • Making links
  • Choosing to do things

Helpful documents for parents 

Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage

Explorer’s photo gallery 
If you’d like to see more photos of what we get up to in Explorers go to the Explorers - reception page in the Children’s section….there’s lots to see! 

Our butterflies

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British Values - what makes me, me?

Enterprise week

What did we find in the pond?

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Pond dipping

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Signs of Spring

King Charles Coronation

April 2023

Making butter

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Our Easter bonnet parade (it was a bit wet this year!)

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Easter celebrations


Our Mums hour - special memories

Maths day - patterns

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March 2023 - Maths day

Build a bear Explorers style

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All about a Baby - Nativity 2022

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A snippet of our lovely Nativity - All about a Baby 2022

Winter singing

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December 2022

The Polar Express school theme

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The school theme for December 22 was The Polar Express. Lots of our activities were based on this theme.

November exploring

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November 2022

Remembrance 2022

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Working together to make car shoots with large loose parts.

Learning to use QR codes

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Teaching each other how to use QR codes.

Welcome to Explorers 2022/23

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Getting to know each other.

June 2022 Explorers Jubilee Assembly

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When we came back to school after the Jubilee weekend it was our turn to show everyone what we have learned about the Queen. We invited our grownups to come and take part.
We all took our turn to share what we found out.
We also made up our own Jubilee song and finished up with a Jubilee 'street' party, eating the snadwiches we had made.
A great way to show everyone how far we have come in a year!

Nativity 2021 - Away in a Manger

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This is the first song from our Nativity play.

October 21

This is us! EXPLORERS 2021

This PowerPoint accompanies our parent's reading meeting which we normally hold in the Autumn term. 

It is in 3 parts due to the size of the document.