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Early Years (Sunbeams)

Louise Laurie

Early Years Leader

Nicola Barton

Early Years Teacher


Ria Tookey

Early Years LSA




Welcome to Sunbeams!

Our Early Years class is called Sunbeams. The class is supported by a teacher and a Learning Support Assistant. We are very lucky to have a large indoor and outdoor space which the children have access to all year round. To see a virtual tour of  our great facilities, please visit: Welcome tour


Throughout their year with us, we focus on supporting the children in three prime areas of learning:

Communication and language development involves giving children 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 involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, Social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.


These three prime areas are strengthened and applied through the specific areas.

Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.

Understanding the world 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 involves enabling 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

Our curriculum is taught through play based learning allowing the children to explore and investigate through independent and supported activities. We know that children learn best when they are happy and we aim to support them in learning to work together, be creative and inventive and have enormous fun. Over the year, learning takes place under the following headers:

For more detail about our Early Years Curriculum, please see our EYFS Intent, Implement & Impact Statement