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Terra Nova - Nursery & Reception (EYFS)

Nursery & Reception (EYFS)

The Early Years Foundation Stage at Terra Nova School is a special place to be, where children learn in a safe and caring community. This exciting key stage encompasses the Nursery and Reception year groups at our school.

Our aims are linked to the Every Child Matters agenda, in that every child has a right to grow up safe, healthy, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic well-being.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, teaching through seven areas of learning and development.

Three Prime Areas

The prime areas are fundamental, work together, and move through to support other areas:

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

Four Specific Areas

Specific areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society:

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


We strive to ensure that there are opportunities for each child to achieve their potential through a broad, rich, differentiated and purposeful curriculum, with a balance between adult-led and child-initiated learning. As all areas of learning are equally important, we try to interconnect them as much as possible through a thematic/topic approach.

Learning is supplemented with a whole range of practical experiences with educational visits to enhance and extend the children’s understanding.

We endeavour to create an atmosphere that is both visually and intellectually stimulating and which enables children to develop confidence and tackle new problems or situations confidently. Practical and investigative work occurs on a regular basis, and we encourage the children to openly discuss their work in order to develop their thought processes from an early age.

We recognise that children learn in different ways and at different rates, therefore, we use a multisensory approach to our teaching, incorporating a range of teaching styles and approaches to best suit individuals.


In the Nursery, the staff team is led by a Nursery Teacher and Manager, Deputy Manager and a strong team of Early Years professionals. Ratios are key and we guarantee a higher adult to child ratio compared to government guidelines. This ensures high quality care, education and individual support. Nursery pupils feed into two Reception classes. Each class is run by a fully qualified Early Years specialist teacher together with a full time teaching assistant helping to ensure that class sizes are kept to a small number and individual attention is a priority. As an addition to this, we provide specialist teaching staff for subjects such as dance, ballet, swimming, French and ICT.

Pastoral care

The social and emotional development of the children in our care is very important. We work hard to ensure that individuals‘ needs are met at all times and that the children feel they are valued and respected members of our school community. We endeavour to create a happy and secure environment in which to play, learn and develop.

We pride ourselves on the sense of community spirit at Terra Nova School. We have strong relationships with both the children and the parents‘ of the school. Communication between staff and parents is excellent and all visitors feel welcome.

Reward systems

Within the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 we have a variety of reward systems to help celebrate successes and achievements in different ways. These range from daily reward stickers and Good Marks, weekly Head Teacher’s Awards, Celebration Assemblies and End of Year Prizes.


Physical Development is a key are of the Early Years curriculum and its principles underpin every aspect of learning in our setting. In addition to this, all children have two physical activity lessons per week. These include swimming in the summer term and a variety of other sporting activities such as games, dance and gymnastics.

They are taught by specialist PE and swimming staff in Key Stage 1. Nursery and Reception children start swimming in smaller groups in the summer term, and in Year 1 and 2 children swim as a whole class.

Extra-curricular clubs

We provide a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs to help develop and extend the children at Terra Nova School in a range of different areas. Within the Early Years Foundation Stage these include Squiggle and Wiggle, Little Gardeners, Lego Club, Football and The Voice! In Key Stage 1 the opportunities extend to include Football, Dance, Ballet, Lego, Board Games, Judo, Tennis, Sewing and Jewellery Workshops, Skipping Club, ‘Ground Force Gardening Club’, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and ‘Big Cook - Little Cook’! The opportunities are endless and children are involved in what is offered each term!

Wrap around care

In addition to this we provide wrap around care for pupils outside the normal school day with our Breakfast Club, which starts at 07:30, Early Birds from 08:00 and Tembos After School Club which runs until 18:00.

EYFS (Nursery and Reception) staff

  • Caroline Kirby - Head of EYFS<br />(Nursery + Reception)

    Head of EYFS
    (Nursery + Reception)

    Caroline Kirby

    BEd (Hons)
  • Lucy Ellis - Reception Teacher

    Reception Teacher

    Lucy Ellis

    BA (Hons), QTS
  • Emma Hargreaves - Nursery Teacher

    Nursery Teacher

    Emma Hargreaves

    BEd (Hons), NNEB EPS
  •  Karen Potts - Nursery Deputy

    Nursery Deputy

    Karen Potts

    BA (Hons) EYPS
  • Gemma Jackson - Classroom Assistant

    Classroom Assistant

    Gemma Jackson

    BA (Hons)
  • Phillipa Smith - Classroom Assistant

    Classroom Assistant

    Phillipa Smith

    BA (Hons) EYPS
  • Claire Pettitt - Classroom Assistant

    Classroom Assistant

    Claire Pettitt

    BA (Hons)
  • Lisa Jones - Classroom Assistant

    Classroom Assistant

    Lisa Jones

  • Libby Corbett - Classroom Assistant

    Classroom Assistant

    Libby Corbett

    BA (Hons) Primary Education

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01477 571261

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