The Learning and Achieving Federation

The Learning and Achieving Federation

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Importance of play

Play underpins all development and learning for young children; we aim to provide high quality play experiences both indoors and outdoors in which the children can take part in active learning. Research shows that it is through well planned and challenging play opportunities that children develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally.



Click here to find more information about the EYFS.


Parent Partnerships

We know the best people to tell us about your children is you! 

We view parents as partners and rely on good communication between the Reception staff and parents. Reception hold regular walkabout sessions throughout the year during which families and friends can come and celebrate all of the children's learning and have some input into their future learning.

Your comments, thoughts and ideas can have an impact and aid your child's learning in many ways.

How to help your child at home.

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At our school we use planning in the moment within our EYFS settings. Read the document below to find out more.

The EYFS Curriculum


The Early Years Curriculum has 7 areas of learning which are made up of 3 prime areas and 4 specific areas.


Areas of Learning and Development






Prime areas

Personal, Social and  Emotional Development

Making relationships










Specific areas



Self-confidence and self-awareness


Managing feelings and behaviour



Physical Development

Moving and handling

Shape, space and measure

Health and self-care

Understanding the World

People and communities

Communication and Language

Listening and attention

The world




Expressive Arts and Design

Exploring and using media and materials

Being imaginative

We also embedded the characteristics of effective learning into all of our learning and teaching at the Mawney Foundation School.

Characteristics of Effective Learning

Playing and Exploringengagement

Finding out and exploring

• Showing curiosity about objects, events and people

• Using senses to explore the world around them

• Engaging in open-ended activity

• Showing particular interests

Active Learningmotivation

Being involved and concentrating

• Maintaining focus on their activity for a period of time

• Showing high levels of energy, fascination

• Not easily distracted

• Paying attention to details

Creating and Thinking Critically thinking

Having their own ideas

• Thinking of ideas

• Finding ways to solve problems

• Finding new ways to do things

Playing with what they know

• Pretending objects are things from their experience

• Representing their experiences in play

• Taking on a role in their play

• Acting out experiences with other people

Keeping on trying

• Persisting with activity when challenges occur

• Showing a belief that more effort or a different approach will pay off

• Bouncing back after difficulties

Making links

• Making links and noticing patterns in their experience

• Making predictions

• Testing their ideas

•Developing ideas of grouping, sequences, cause and effect

Being willing to ‘have a go’

• Initiating activities

• Seeking challenge

• Showing a ‘can do’ attitude

• Taking a risk, engaging in new experiences, and learning by trial and error

Enjoying achieving what they set out to do

• Showing satisfaction in meeting their own goals

• Being proud of how they accomplished something – not just the end result

• Enjoying meeting challenges for their own sake rather than external rewards or praise

Choosing ways to do things

• Planning, making decisions about how to approach a task,

solve a problem and reach a goal

• Checking how well their activities are going

• Changing strategy as needed

• Reviewing how well the approach worked