Longtown Community Primary School

Longtown Community Primary School

Early Years Hub

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Early Years

The Early years consists of three prime areas communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development. The three prime areas are strengthened by four specific areas of learning: literacy, mathematics, understanding of the world, and expressive arts and design. 

As well as planning exciting activities through topic, we will be closely observing the children whilst playing, and plan activities around their interests. This will ensure that we specifically shape the learning experiences for all children, allowing them to explore their characteristics of learning. This element represents the process of thinking behind children's learning, how they develop their own ideas, and how they create strategies to test these ideas, which will help them when transitioning into Reception class. 

Our topics this year are:

Autumn Term 1

All about me

Autumn Term 2 


Spring 1

Journey, Travel and Transport

Spring 2

Hocus Pocus

Summer Term 1

Knights and Princesses

Summer Term 2

Carnivore of the Animals


At this stage the children will start Phase One of Letters and Sounds, which concentrates on developing children's speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for the phonic work which starts in Phase 2. The emphasis during Phase 1 is to get children attuned to the sounds around them and ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills.

We are  partners...

We believe that the highest quality childcare can only be delivered in close partnership with parents. Our staff will work closely with you to get to know your child's individual needs and personality – and provide you with regular feedback on how they are progressing. Each child is assigned a key person who will support your child’s emotional and developmental needs, helping them to feel safe and secure and enabling them to thrive in our setting.

We believe that the best form of communication is in person and we know that parents understand their children best so we ask them to contribute to assessment, sharing information about what their children like to do at home and how parents are supporting development. We are always available to chat about any issues or concerns at the beginning of a session, likewise we are keen to hear what your child has been doing outside of Pre-School so that we can get to know them better. Alongside our informal chats, we also use the online learning journal Tapestry where we record formal observations and provide termly reports which chart your child’s progress in relation to the learning goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).  This is followed by a face-to-face review with parents in which we set future learning objectives or ‘Next Steps’ together. Please remember to fill out the 'About me' page with your child.