EYFS – Oak Class


Oak Class - Nursery and Reception children.

The main point of entry for both year groups is September. Our Nursery children are offered a morning session that includes lunchtime provision, therefore enables us to offer in excess of 15 hours provision per week. We have a flexible timetable to allow us to meet the needs and interests of all our children, although some areas stay the same.

Day of the Week Activity Teacher
Monday PE, Music or Dance All Oak class with Mrs Rachel Gleadow
Tuesday and Wednesday PE All Reception children with our sport coaches 'Small stars'
Friday PE All Reception children with Mrs West,


Children in the Foundation Stage follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework. We provide a creative curriculum for the children which is exciting, relevant, broad and balanced. Through careful planning, local visits and the use of highly motivating resources, we aim to take the children's learning forward in an atmosphere of enjoyment and challenge. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoor and outside.

The organisation is such that lessons are largely practical with an emphasis on active learning and learning through play, and cover all seven areas of development within the EYFS.

Seven Areas of Development

  • Personal, social and emotional development (PSED)
  • Communication and language (CL)
  • Literacy (L)
  • Mathematical development (M)
  • Understanding the world (UW)
  • Physical development (PD)
  • Expressive arts and design (EAD)

Ultimately our curriculum is designed to ensure every child is able to start his/her journey as a lifelong learner positively, confidently and successfully. We also seek to work in partnership with parents to develop a strong home/school link to last the child throughout p1010079-adjustedtheir school years.

Children’s learning development and achievements are monitored with continuous assessment by staff on daily activities. Observations on where and with whom your child plays and how they learn and play are also made. These observations form part of our assessment that will tell you about your child’s progress throughout the EYFS.

It is important in the foundation stage that we build children’s learning on subjects that they enjoy and are interested in, therefore weekly plans may change to become relevant to the children’s interest.  All weekly plans are displayed on the foundation notice board.

Curriculum Plans and Newsletters 2017-2018

Medium term plan Summer first half term 2018 : growth and changes hedgehogs

Newsletter Summer first half 2018: Growth and Change 2018

Medium term plan Spring 2nd half 2018 : Space Invaders

Newsletter Spring 2nd half 2018 Space Invaders

Medium term plan,Spring 1st Half 2018 : Safari Adventures

Newsletter Spring 1st half 2018: Safari Adventures

Newsletter 2017 Autumn 2nd half 2017- Traditional tales

Medium term plan Autumn 2nd half 2017 - Traditional tales

Newsletter Autumn 1st half- Wonderful
Medium term plan Autumn 1st half: Wonderful Me

Curriculum Plans 2016-2017

Medium term plan, Autumn 2nd half: Food
Medium term plan, Autumn 2nd half: Seasons
Newsletter, Autumn 2nd half: Food
Newsletter, Autumn 2nd half: Seasons

Medium term plan Spring 2017 1st half : Pets
Medium term Plan Spring 2 : Journeys
Newsletter Spring 2nd Half : Journeys

Medium term plan Summer 1st half : Flight
Newsletter Summer term 1st half :Flight

Medium term plan Summer term 2nd half : Buildings

Newsletter Summer term 2nd half : buildings


Assessment and Reporting

Throughout the year you will be updated on your child's progress through termly consultations. We have recently introduced additional opportunities to welcome parents and carers into school to share and celebrate learning journeys with their children.  Staff are always available to talk at other times as required.
At the end of the EYFS, in the summer term of the Reception year in school, the teachers complete an assessment which is known as the EYFS profile. This assessment is based on what they, and other staff caring for your child have observed over a period of time. All of the information is collected is used to judge how your child is doing in the 7 areas of learning and development. Information will be shared with the teacher that your child will have in Year one to inform them of your child’s progress and areas for development.
The school will give you a report of your child’s progress, including information from his or her EYFS Profile. Part of this report will inform you about your child’s learning styles, which are described as the ‘Characteristics of effective learning’ and include the following aspects:
By playing and exploring:
• Finding out and exploring
• Using what they know in their play
• Being willing to have a go
Through active learning
• Being involved and concentrating
• Keeping on trying
• Enjoying and achieving what they set out to do
By creating and thinking critically
• Having their own ideas
• Using what they already know to learn new things
• Choosing ways to do things and finding new ways
There will also be a consultation to discuss the report and transition into Year 1 so that we can ensure that both yourself and your child are ready for the next phase of education.  This consultation takes place in the summer term.

Help Encourage Your Child to Develop Their Skills

We really value your knowledge about your child’s learning and development, we need to work together to ensure your child achieves their best.  Therefore we welcome you to complete WOW cards about things they have achieved at home. We also send out holiday sheets so you can share what your child enjoyed doing over each break.

Would you like to know more? Have a look at the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.



Applying for a place at Barkway First School

Applications for Nursery places in Early Years at the Barley and Barkway Church Schools Federation 2018

We welcome applications from parents to our school for September 2018.  We offer 15 hours morning provision in Nursery in our EYFS class and a further 15 hours in the afternoon within our Preschool.  Please do come and visit us and download the form to apply for a place in September 2018.



Applications are managed by county through the 'Admissions Application Process' electronically (please see the Admissions on HertsDirect link below).
Even if your child is in our Nursery class an application has to be made for a Reception place.
Please follow the county admissions link which will give you more information and the dates and deadlines for making applications.

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