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Portway Infant School

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Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage

Our vision is to enable children to be kind, curious and individuals who will always try their best. It is our aim to guide the development of children’s capabilities with a view to ensuring that all children are ready to benefit fully from the opportunities ahead of them. We will create purposeful indoor and outdoor areas that promote speech, language, independence, happiness, security and self-discovery that are fun for children to take part in. We recognise the importance of outdoor learning which is designed to have a positive impact on the children’s social and emotional well-being and development. There will be high expectations for all children to make good progress, no matter what their starting points. Through careful monitoring and interventions where necessary, we will ensure children’s learning is progressed effectively so that the children progress at their own rate and flourish in our care. Quality support, varied questioning and appropriate challenge will be evident throughout the setting and through quality first teaching, we will ensure that all children achieve the best that they are capable of.  

We believe that children learn how to learn through their play. As such, play will be purposeful and children will be encouraged to discuss what they are doing at every opportunity whilst they having fun. Children will have the support of engaged adults who will help to promote high levels of oracy. We recognise the importance of developing well-rounded and sociable individuals who are motivated to learn through the modelling of positive interactions and language at all times.

We learn through a play based curriculum starting with the child's ideas and interests. We love to learn outdoors and take advantage of our three outdoor areas, where the children can 'free flow' all together outside.
We are lucky to have our FOREST SCHOOL within the school grounds. We love learning outdoors and the children benefit so much from having these experiences. We are currently fundraising for a yurt and lots of new equipment! 

The Early Years’ team work closely to deliver a curriculum which provides a balance across the areas of learning. We continuously observe and assess so we know every child's next steps to personalise their learning. 


Our curriculum is split into seven areas of learning:

The prime areas are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development 
  • Personal, social and emotional development 

The specific areas are:

  • Literacy 
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world 
  • Expressive arts and design 




Out Forest School

Outdoor provision