Learning at Nadeen

Early Years and Foundation Stage

EYFS comprises nursery (3-4yrs) and reception (4-5yrs). Each class is run by a class teacher, supported by class assistants and helpers. We want your child’s formative years and their time at Nadeen to be safe, exciting, engaging and rewarding. Our holistic, child-centred approach to learning is always at the forefront of our teaching and learning. Through irresistible learning opportunities, in both indoor and outdoor learning areas, the children discover, explore, investigate and consolidate their developing skills and understanding through child-initiated, teacher-initiated and teacher-led activities.

We believe in the power of play!


Children learn by playing, trying, risk taking, practising and experimenting. We encourage your child to develop their imagination, to get actively involved in learning and to make decisions. Our timetables are set up to allow long periods of uninterrupted play, as this is when we know children can explore concepts at a deeper level.

The Early Years and Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework sets the standards for learning, development and care for children in England.  EYFS is an integral part of the school and provides an excellent foundation from which your child can progress into a more formal learning environment as they enter the primary level of their education.

The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

The Prime Areas

Communication and Language
Physical Development
Personal, Social and Emotional

As your child grows, the development of the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas.

Understanding of the World
Expressive Arts and Design

Our Learning at Nadeen

The Early Learning Goals (ELGs) are the goals or targets for children to achieve at the end of their reception year. They will be working towards these goals throughout the EYFS. These Reception learning objectives are spread across and divided into the seven Areas of Learning and Development.

Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning, also known as CoETL, are an important part of the EYFS curriculum. Teachers look at the different ways in which children are able to learn by planning lessons and activities through the CoETL and assessing individual children’s success. The three characteristics of CoETL that teachers assess are: playing and exploring; active learning; creating and thinking critically.

The Learning Behaviours stem from The 8 Cs, Communication, Craftmanship, Commitment, Collaboration, Curiosity, Critical Thinking, Confidence and Creativity, the foundation of the educational journey that our children make at Nadeen School. We are now delighted to add our 9th C – Compassion. It is a combination of our 8Cs we promote all while being compassionate members of the Nadeen community.

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