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At Cragside Church of England Primary School, we greatly value the importance of the EYFS in providing a secure foundation for future learning and development. We aim, from the very first days in our school, to help every child to ‘shine bright’ in all they do.

We ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. We promote the highest standards of teaching and learning striving in all we do to prepare children for the next stage of their education, and give them a broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

We believe: 

  • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. 
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships. 
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them to build their learning over time. Children benefit from a strong partnership between the school and parents.
  • Learning and development is important. Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

Our aim

Our aim is to enable independent, curious and happy children. We achieve this through our stimulating, hands on, child centred activities. We focus our learning on the three prime areas of the EYFS curriculum:

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

We also focus on four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied these are:

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

Our learning environment is organised to ensure that children can explore and learn independently in a safe and interactive environment. Our resources are arranged to encourage children to self select and be in charge of their own learning. 

A real emphasis is put upon ‘in the moment’ learning opportunities in the outdoor environment. Our setting provides unique experiences; focussing on supporting children’s problem solving skills, nurturing creativity and encouraging independence. Children are able to freely access a range of resources to support their gross motor skills, as an integral part of children’s development. We use natural resources to support this such as tyres, wooden building blocks and crates. We place emphasis on promoting a sense of well-being, respecting nature and sensory experiences in the outdoor environment. 

In Nursery, our youngest children begin the term after they turn three and in Reception,our children join us at four and all children have the opportunity to explore new activities and to become part of our wider school community.

What to expect when

DfE Development Matters Report Sep 2023


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Privacy Policy

We regard your privacy as important and any personal information you give to us will be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulations.

We do not store personal information about individuals who visit this site except where they provide contact information via our contact us page and contact forms available on various pages throughout the website.

Any information you provide will only be used for the reasons specified and it will not be shared with any third party without your consent, unless required by law.

Your contact details are kept securely and are only accessed by authorised members of staff as part of the provision of school services. If you do not wish us to keep this contact information please tell us.

This website uses Google Analytics which provides statistical data about the usage of the site. This information is not used to identify individuals, but is collected to provide us with an understanding of the areas of interest on our site and how our site is being used.

If you are connected to the internet you will have an IP Address. This may take the form of a figure, such as 333.333.22.1. The address will be automatically collected and logged as part of the connection of your computer to our web server and may be used to determine the total number of visits to each part of the site. This data is not collected and used for other purposes.

This website contains links to other websites. The School is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites or organisations and recommends you consult the privacy information on those sites.

This policy will be reviewed and updated versions will be posted on the website.

If you have any questions about the use of your personal information, the Information Commissioner is the independent regulator for both Data Protection and Freedom of Information.