Early Years Foundation Stage

At Wixams Tree Primary School we believe that high quality early years’ experience in school is of vital importance and can have a lasting effect on a child’s attitude to education, personal and social skills and attainments.

First days at Pre-school and Reception for young children are a mixture of all kinds of emotions. The school day and its demands can be quite daunting and, at first, very tiring. Children and their parents/carers are invited to spend some time with us in an informal way before admission. We invite our new parents and children to stay and play sessions in June, where the children can see the classrooms and get used to their new setting alongside their parents and, of course, the parents can meet the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) stage teachers and support staff.

EYFS includes pre-school or nursery and the first year of school ‘reception’.



Parents have been invited to meet with their child’s new class teacher or key worker virtually this year. Parents, please use the MS Teams link below on your designated date and time.


Cherry Class – Miss Leach

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Holly Class – Miss Strevens

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Acorns – Miss Bartaby

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Acorns – Miss Wadsworth

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Find out more about your child’s class and class teacher here:

All about Miss Leach

All about Miss Strevens

All about Miss Bartaby

All about Miss Wadsworth



We have been unable to host face to face visits and transition sessions this year. Here are two short videos showing you what it is like in Cherry and Holly class.

Cherry – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjN_HWEX_IY&t=203s

Holly – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQah2ZSOg3o&t=1s


Help your child to prepare for starting school in September using this helpful checklist:

Getting ready to start Reception

Reading and Phonics in Reception Year


To learn more about the reception year at Wixams Tree download the RECEPTION PARENT BOOKLET.


Here are two helpful guides outlining everything you need to know about starting in Pre-School and Reception. If you have any questions, contact Miss Helen Leach, the Assistant Headteacher /EYFS Lead Teacher, who will be happy to help.





The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum follows the new Statutory Framework due to be implemented from September 2021. All areas of the curriculum are covered both inside and outside, and contains 17 learning goals for the children to work towards.

The children build up a Learning Journey showing some examples of their work and photographs of some of their other activities, which contribute to the teachers’ assessment of each child’s learning and development. Parents are encouraged to contribute to and share their child’s Learning Journey during the year.