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Bickershaw Church of England Primary School

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Bickershaw Church of England Primary School

‘Valuing the past, inspiring the present and ambitious for the future.’

‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever’ Hebrews 13:8
(Father, Son and Holy Spirit – The Trinity)

Early Years

Look at how much fun we have learning through play in the Early Years


Our overarching aim of Early Years Education at Bickershaw Church of England Primary School is to promote the children’s natural curiosity to have the confidence to ask questions and navigate their own learning.

Our Early Years curriculum will be underpinned by the drivers of heritage, initiative and possibilities.

  1. Heritage The development of strong relationships are the foundation to our learning, as we develop a deeper understanding of our backgrounds and celebrating uniqueness. We achieve this through sharing information “All About Me” and a visit from a baby who helps us to see what our life used to be like, and how we have grown.
  2. Initiative Play is a key way in which we learn. Our learning environment stimulates curiosity, providing opportunities for us to explore and make sense of the world around us. We are supported to communicate our thoughts and ideas and explore new meaning and navigating own learning journey.
  3. Possibility Experiences help us to gain an insight into what our future could be like. Through our visit to the farm, or the special visitors we have in school, we are inspired to think about what we would like to be when we grow up.



A big warm welcome to Bickershaw Church of England Primary School. In Reception we follow the 'Early Years Foundation Stage' curriculum.  This carefully planned, play based curriculum ensures that we learn skills and acquire new knowledge through 7 areas of learning and development.  These 7 areas are:

  • Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
  • Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
  • Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
  • Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
  • Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
  • Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
  • Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.


Our teacher ensures that our activities are suited to our unique needs and interests.  In our class we learn by playing and exploring, being active and thinking creatively and critically.  Our learning takes place both indoors and outdoors. It's amazing how much we grow, learn and develop in the Reception class. 


The 'Parent's Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework' tells you everything you need to know about Early Years.  You can find a copy below.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask our teacher.

To find out more about our curriculum and how our teacher assesses our learning and development, please click on the links below.  You can also find our Early Years handbook which will explain what Early Years looks like here at Bickershaw Church of England Primary School.


At Bickershaw Church of England Primary School, we understand the importance of Early Reading and are passionate about giving children time to develop and apply their phonic knowledge. 

We use the Government Guidance 'Letters and Sounds' as a guide for our Phonic teaching, in relation to the order of which we teach the grapheme/ phoneme correspondences. 

Please refer to our school Phonics page to support your child's Phonic skills in the Early Years, there are lots of fun activities to help.

Pure Sounds Video

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Early Reading

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Baseline Assessment

The reception baseline assessment is a short and simple check of a child’s early literacy, communication, language and maths skills when they begin school. The assessment will form the start of a new measure of how schools are helping their pupils to progress between reception and year 6. Many schools already do a similar check so the teacher can understand the needs of their pupils when they arrive at school, this helps to achieve a holistic view of the child and how best to support their learning. From September 2020, the assessment will be carried out in all state funded primary schools in England. The assessment can take place at any point in the first six weeks of a child starting reception.  

Please find below a short video explaining the process. If you have any questions please ask, we are here to support your child and you as a family.