Welcome to our Early Years Foundation Stage

Caterpillars (Nursery Rising 3’s)

Butterflies (Nursery)

Bees  (Reception)

For information about the Early Years team, their curriculum and routines please click on the button below.

EYFS Parent Information


Parent Partnership

Early Years education is the foundation upon which young children build the rest of their schooling. At St Edward’s Academy Cheddleton (SEAC) we believe in a holistic approach to learning which encourages parents/carers, staff members and teachers to work together to support our children’s development and learning.

Our staff are dedicated  to providing a broad and stimulating curriculum through which every child has the opportunities and support to develop a strong foundation to start their learning journey.

We recognise that parents are a child’s prime educator and when your child starts school an important partnership begins between school and home.  It is important to establish two-way communication links if the partnership is to be a successful one.  Regular opportunities for the exchange of information or questions to be  answered will be made available throughout the year.

The Foundation Stage curriculum is designed to provide all children with a well planned and resourced curriculum to take your child’s learning forward and to provide opportunities for all to succeed in a friendly and caring atmosphere.

It is used to ensure that continuity and progression are promoted for your child right the way through to the end of reception class. The curriculum content is mainly skill based with new activities and ideas introduced through a thematic approach.


We aim to:

  • Provide a happy and positive start to their school life where we foster a love of learning, a smooth transition and secure readiness for our Key Stage One Curriculum
  • Enable each child to develop socially, physically, intellectually and emotionally
  • Develop independence within a secure and nurturing atmosphere
  • Work alongside parents/carers to meet individual needs


  • Provide a broad and balanced curriculum which takes children’s ages and different stages of development into account
  • Assign each child with a key worker to ensure that each child’s learning and care is tailored to meet their individual needs
  • Promote equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice
  • Work in close partnership with parents and carers
  • Plan challenging learning experiences, based on individual needs, which are informed by observation and assessment
  • Provide a safe and secure learning environment

Our Early Years staff work as a team. Children from both Nursery and Reception have opportunities to work with all staff together during the day, both indoors and outdoors. Children are taught as a whole class, in key worker groups, smaller groups and individually. We are dedicated to providing excellent pastoral care and education to children in our academy.

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EYFS Policy







Prime Areas

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.

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.

For more information on The Early Years Framework go to EYFS Statutory Framework and Developmental Matters.


At St Edward’s Academy we place high importance on reading and having the support from home makes your child’s learning journey even more significant. Please encourage children to read as often as possible at home using the online Boom Reader app.




Our classes follow the Systematic Synthetic Phonic scheme ‘Essential Letters and Sounds’ (ELS) from September 2022. We had been previously following ‘Letters and Sounds’, and after research, ELS allowed for the most natural transition when adopting a new phonics scheme.

The teaching of Phase 2,3,4 and most of 5 are taught in Reception and Phase 5 and ‘beyond’ are taught in Year 1.

This scheme teaches four new sounds a week and has a fifth day dedicated to revisit and review, and applying reading skills by reading decodable books in class.

There is a big focus on: say the word, stretch the word, segment the word, blend the word, count the sounds in the word and say the whole word.



We are confident that this new scheme will build all the necessary skills for reading and writing that the children will need.

ELS Parent Presentation

ELS Information for Parents

For resources and games to support phonics , have a look at

Phase 2 and 3 flashcards

Phase 5 flashcards

YouTube clip of pronunciation of pure sounds





Specific Areas

Literacy Development (Reading and Writing) 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.


In school the style of handwriting is first taught through our phonics scheme Essential Letters and Sounds (ELS) by following the rhymes to help with the letter formation. Print is then continued in Year 1, ensuring that all letters are formed correctly.  In Year 2, the children start to learn their joins. The aim is for most of the children to be writing in a fully cursive style as they enter Year 3.

For resources to help with handwriting go to teachhandwriting.co.uk

High frequency Spelling Words

Children in reception will learn to spell these words.

I  to  no  go  into  the he  me  we be  she  they  was  all  her  my  are

Religious Education

Information on our Religious Education Curriculum

Supporting learning at home

Early years apps to support learning at home


We are proud to be a part of SUA Trust

Join the Trust

SUAT supports and leads in the set-up of new academies joining the partnership. The services provided by the central support function cover both educational and non-educational support. In terms of educational support, SUAT is linked to the School of Education of Staffordshire University, which is an outstanding ITT provider.