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Early Years

Phonics and Early Reading Policy

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Our Early Years Foundation Stage is for children aged three to five years old in Class 1.  The curriculum for these children is planned by qualified and experienced teachers, and is line with the Early Years Framework.  

Children can join our Nursery class in the term after they turn three years old and all are entitled provision of 15 hours a week. Although Nursery is not mandatory. It is aimed at children in the year before joining school. 

The law states that a child must start school in the year in which he/she turns five, and they join our Reception cohort.

At Markington School, our EYFS is well equipped and planned to ensure children have the best start to school and build a firm foundation for their further education: 'A love of Learning Grows Here'.  


EYFS Text Map

Our EYFS text map outlines the text coverage for the year including quality texts, traditional tales, nursery rhymes and predictable texts.  Please click here.

In addition we produce a half-termly Class Texts document - which we share with children and parents - and includes the texts from our text map as well as high-quality texts linked to our curriculum focus.  Please see below to see examples of these.  Click here to see the half termly text maps for EYFS.

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In the Early Years Foundation Stage, saying and learning poems (particularly when clapping/actions are added) can help children to develop early language and literacy skills, which form the foundations for future years.  

We have planned different types of poetry for our Early Years' children to explore, create and perform. Through enjoying rhymes, poems and songs, and reciting poems or parts of longer poems together as a class, teachers can build children’s strong emotional connection to language. 

The image below shows the progression from Nursery to Reception. 

Early Years' Curriculum Overview

The document below shows our overarching topics.
We have recently updated our curriculum to reflect current guidance, and in response to the needs of children post-covid – and our 2021-22 curriculum reflects this. Our new curriculum will be implemented from September 2022.


Please find below our termly Nursery progression map - which outlines how children's knowledge and skills are built in small steps towards expected 'end points' for each term.  


Please find below our Reception progression map which outlines how children build progressively on the foundations from Nursery, in preparation for KS1. 

Autumn 1 2022

Please see below our Objective coverage for our Spring 1 2022 topic Australia.

Autumn 2 2022

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