Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community


Early Years Foundation Stage

Our Nursery classes (Little Acorns and Little Conkers) are on our Long Lane campus, for children aged 3-4 years. Our Nursery provides the perfect introduction to learning and gives children confidence and skills to transfer to Reception class (by application). Our Reception provision is on our Stroud Green Campus where there are four Reception Classes and a dedicated outside area.

Please visit our admissions page for information about applications for Nursery and Reception Classes. 


In our school we believe that all our children matter. We give our children every opportunity to achieve their best. We do this by taking into account all our children’s range of life experiences when planning for their learning.

Each of our Early Years Foundation Stage [EYFS] classrooms provide stimulating environments where pupils can play, explore, experiment, develop confidence, be curious and learn. We believe it is our duty to develop a joy of learning by being motivated and excited by the opportunity to learn through play and first hand experiences which relate to a variety of themes.

The curriculum that we teach in the reception classes meets the requirements set out in the revised Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage and the guidance notes.  Our curriculum planning focuses on the Early Learning Goals, as set out in the Development Matters document, and on developing children’s skills and experiences.

We teach phonics in both Nursery and Reception and we begin slightly more formal activities in the last half term of the Foundation Stage in Reception in readiness for Year 1. Our school fully supports the principle that young children learn through play and by engaging in well-planned and structured activities.

We are well aware that all children need the support of both the parents and the teachers to make good progress in school. We strive to build positive links with the parents by keeping them informed about how their children are being taught and how well they are progressing.

At Oasis Shirley Park, we believe that children become confident and independent learners when:

·        We respond to their diverse learning needs and remove barriers for learning. 

·        Activities are pitched to children's abilities taking into account what they can already do.

·        They engage in activities that are well planned and purposeful both indoors and outdoors.

·        Open ended tasks are provided with questioning pitched at different levels to challenge their thinking.

·        Displays celebrate their achievements, rather than adult templates.

·        They are encouraged to develop positive relationships, share, care and show respect for others.

·        We provide a learning environment and range of experiences which value the contributions of all children regardless of race, gender, ability or background.

·        We encourage them to communicate and express their ideas, thoughts and feelings clearly.

·        We encourage a positive partnership between home, school and the local community.

·        We promote continuity and progression between Nursery, Reception and into Key Stage One.


The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is divided into seven areas of learning and development. These valuable experiences from Nursery through Reception give the children a secure foundation in learning which supports their future school career. Below we have given examples of what the child will be able to do by the time they leave Reception and go into Year 1.

Learning areas are split into Prime Areas (Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development) and Specific Areas (Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world, Expressive Art and Design).



We teach these subjects through a topic-based curriculum that encompasses the National Curriculum.  We provide high levels of enjoyment and creativity so that children are inspired to learn. 

7 Learning Areas