Early Years

Phase Leader: Mrs James

Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of all garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.’

Matthew 13 vs.31-32

Our entire curriculum, is underpinned by the ‘Parable of the Mustard Seed’ and summarised by our motto:

 Together may we give our children: Roots to grow and Wings to fly.

Preschool and Reception are both taught at our Eppleby Forcett setting.

A warm welcome and the delightful buzz of learning can be felt the moment you walk through the door at our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) based at Eppleby.

We believe that early childhood education provides the essential foundation for all future learning. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their lifelong outcomes, health and happiness.

How can the early years team at Eppleby, help future generations to have the best support for what they need today and make progress for success tomorrow?

Intent – what are we aiming to achieve at Trinity Early Years through our curriculum?

“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.” Maria Montessori

Our purpose is to introduce children to a love of learning. We want children to be excited about their learning and to be creative, independent thinkers who can express and explore their own ideas. Through the EYFS curriculum we want all children to develop the core skills of social play, physical development, rich language and vocabulary, literacy, mathematics, an understanding of the world around us and the creative arts to prepare children for their next stage of learning. Experiences that are linked to the children’s interests and learning provide children with new learning opportunities to build on what they already know.

We want to develop partnerships and good relationships with parents to encourage them to be involved in their child’s learning and progress and to extend their child’s learning at home.

We also intend to develop the moral compass of our young learners, to understand spirituality in themselves and others, to help them engage in their local community and the wider world.

Implementation – how are we going to deliver and achieve our intentions?

“Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul.” Friedrich Froebel

Research finds that children learn most effectively through play. Our well-resourced early years settings give children free choice and the opportunity to follow their own interests by experimenting, taking risks and collaborating with their friends and adults within the settings. Our indoor and outdoor provisions are open-ended, enabling children to engage and interpret them in their own way. Direct skills such as phonics, handwriting and maths are introduced through short, whole class carpet sessions using interactive song, dance and games. Learning is then applied and consolidated with individual children within their play and in continuous provision. There are regular story times to share books and enjoy reading. Our experienced team of practitioners use observational assessment and quality interactions to track each child’s progress to enable us to plan for each child’s next steps.

We share children’s learning with parents through our online learning journey and weekly newsletter with suggestions about how to continue learning at home. Parents are invited into school to events such as ‘bedtime stories’ to help them to support their children with phonics learning and to encourage a love of reading.

We identify good role-models and develop our moral compass through daily collective worship and weekly Religious Education lessons, through discussions and stories about our Christian values and the values, beliefs and communities of others. We have close links with our local churches who visit schools, lead collective worship and perform Open the Book worship.

Reception Long Term Plan

Reception Spring Term Curriculum Map

Impact – What difference is the curriculum and the way we implement it making to our children?

“By education I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in the child; body, mind and spirit.” Mahatma Gandhi

Our play-rich, broad and balanced curriculum along with our open-ended, well-resourced provision enable children to make choices about their own learning and enjoy it. This results in children who are curious, enthusiastic and engaged in their learning, can sustain levels of concentration and can think for themselves. They understand why they are learning and can explain what they already know. Children also understand that learning can be challenging and if we ‘can’t do it yet’, we can learn how to do it together in the future. Children’s attainment and end of year outcomes are strong, in line with or exceeding their potential considering their starting points and Age Related Expectations. Children are prepared academically, physically and socially for the next stage of their learning.

Relationships between parents, staff and children are excellent. Parents know that their children feel safe, secure and respected. There is a shared understanding and trust between home and school. Parents are informed about their children’s progress. They contribute to their children’s learning either to their online learning journal with experiences outside of school or by supporting them at home with regular reading and home learning activities. A partnership with parents is developed and valued.

Children are motivated to follow our Christian values and demonstrate friendship, perseverance and respect for others along with kindness, forgiveness, truthfulness, courage and thankfulness. They know and understand our school rules and the reasons for them and are able to decide what is right and what is wrong. Children share their learning of our Christian values at home and encourage others to be good citizens within the local community.


We are able to offer places for all children from 2 years old and upwards. We currently have limited spaces in our Preschool for 2021-2022 and you can use all or part of your 15/30 hours funding, along with any 2year old funding you are in receipt of. If you are considering Trinity Academy Eppleby Forcett & Middleton Tyas for your child, please do get in touch and we will be happy to show you around.

Useful Links

Preschool Welcome Video

Free milk for children under the age of 5

Free School Meals

Data Collection Form for New Starters