Early Years


At Yapton C. of E. Primary School we believe that to live life in all its fullness we have an open door to learning where…

We know our children, we take the time to get to know and understand our children. We want them to know us and to build positive relationships where the children feel safe and parents support us. We encourage our children to see themselves as learners and use the Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning to encourage the children to talk about how they are learning not just what they are learning. We talk about what they know now and what they would like to know. We want the children to be confident in themselves and their learning and to make their own choices and learn from their mistakes.

The curriculum we have created for our children at Yapton C. of E. Primary School is designed to empower the children’s curiosity of the world around them. We know that children are naturally inquisitive and the environment we have designed both inside and outside of the classroom ignites awe and wonder.  It provides the opportunity to be inspired and to inspire others. With a balance of teacher led learning and child initiated learning the children are able to apply their newly developed skills away from the point of teaching. Using natural resources and household items, to enhance the children’s imagination, we enable them to become independent and creative thinkers. We truly believe that our children should be exposed to adventurous and ambitious language. This is through language rich texts which have been selected to support our Early Years teaching and learning. During our day, we give time for the children to reflect on their own learning and to sing songs and share stories together, continuing to develop the children’s working memory. Opening the door to reading and phonics is a passion of ours in Early Years. We want the children to love books and reading and to be excited about the freedom reading can give them in life.

Throughout every aspect of the Early Years curriculum our children will take risks and challenge themselves and celebrate their successes, however small.