Turnham Academy

Gonville Academy
Gonville Road

0208 684 4006


Early Years

Early Years

Early Years Foundation Stage

In Nursery and Reception, our dedicated team work tirelessly to promote co-operative learning through all areas of the Foundation Stage Curriculum.  We prepare children for a smooth and seamless transition to KS1 by developing and modelling a range of skills that will aid this transition and prepare them for the rest of their school career. Parent and carers are invited in for training and ‘meet the class’ days, where they can see learning taking place first hand, and get more information on how to support their child at home. We encourage an ‘open door’ policy, where parents enter the class every morning and settle their children, see the learning taking place and have any discussions with staff that are needed.

We put a strong emphasis on speaking and listening skills, encouraging a ‘no hands up policy.’ Instead we have group discussions and talk partners for each child, allowing to all talk through their learning and build up a high level vocabulary and use full sentences.

Early Years also has a close relationship with our Academy’s SENCO, who supports children in our school with various needs. She is there to offer advice, outside agencies and ensure we create a provision suitable for their needs.

Both Nursery and Reception follow a program called ‘Success For All’, which is a whole day program that works to ensure all areas of the EYFS curriculum are covered, but also preparing children to be independent learners, with a variety of skills so they can be challenged and question the world around them. This program is also used throughout the rest of the school in KS1 and KS2, which allows children to have consistency as they move up year after year..

The seven areas of learning are split into prime areas and specific areas. The prime areas focus on children’s capacity to learn, healthy development and the importance of building good relationships with others.  As children grow and mature in the prime areas, they become ready to develop and acquire skills and knowledge in the specific areas.


The Prime Areas:

  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

The Specific Areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Each of the areas has its own learning goals. By the end of Reception most children should have made significant progress towards achieving these goals.


Children may start Nursery the September after their third birthday. Applications for a place
in our Nursery can be made directly to the school. You can pop in and by collect an application form from the
reception desk, then return it directly to the school.

Applications can be made at any time before the end of April for a place the following September.
We offer both morning, afternoon and full day sessions.


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