A Venn Academy Trust School

- Together we will...

Venn is a pioneering academy trust, committed to building educational environments where all pupils are inspired to become lifelong learners who achieve the very highest standards possible. Collaborating with all partners, the Trust works with its unique settings to create world class learning experiences for all.

Registered address: The Venn Building, Venn Boulevard Centre, 172 Boulevard, Hull, HU3 3EL.

A charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England & Wales (company number: 09662303).

Early Years Foundation Stage

Nursery Information for parents and carers:
Reception Information for parents and carers:

EYFS Early Adopters

At Griffin, we are early adopters of the revised EYFS framework, 2020-21.

Under The Early Years Foundation Stage (Exemption from Learning and Development Requirements) and Childcare (Exemption from Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2020, the Secretary of State for Education grants exemption from the following sections of the 2017 Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework:

a)  The educational programmes under EYFS paragraph 1.5; and

b)  The early learning goals set out on pages 10 to 12 of the EYFS; and

a)  The requirements set out in paragraph 2.6 to 2.11 of the EYFS relating to

Assessments and moderation at the end of the reception year – the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile –

which requires settings to complete the Profile and submit the same to the local authority.

Griffin will instead follow in full the EYFS reforms early adopter framework

(https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-adopter-schools-eyfs-framework)

Early Years education focuses on seven areas of learning.

The prime areas of learning are…

CL          communication and language

PD          physical development

PSED     personal social and emotional development

The specific areas of learning are…

          literacy

M          mathematics

EAD      expressive arts and design

UW       understanding the world

There are 4 key principles that underpin our practice in the Reception Classes at Griffin Primary.

A Unique Child

We recognise that all children are different. We identify and celebrate their strengths and support their areas for development.

Positive Relationships

Our pupils interact well with each other and with the adults in the school. We encourage parents to be involved with their child’s education.

Enabling Environments

Our indoor and outdoor areas encourage exploration, investigation, and independent learning. Our displays and resources are well maintained and reflect current learning.

Learning and Development

Pupils achieve well and make good progress from their starting points. Learning is playful, practical, and purposeful and builds upon prior attainment. Our children enjoy coming to school.


To enable children to develop:
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development, (making Relationships, Self-confidence and self awareness, Managing feelings and behaviour)
  • Communication and Language , (Listening and attention, Understanding and speaking)
  • Physical Development, (Moving and handling and Health and self-care)
  • Literacy, (Reading and Writing)
  • Maths, (Number and Shape, space and measure)
  • Understanding of the World, People and communities, The world, Technology)
  • Expressive Arts and Design, (Exploring and using media and materials, Being Imaginative)

Areas within the Foundation classrooms:
  • a writing area containing various writing implements and papers as well as envelopes and examples of good writing
  • a book corner containing a range of  fiction, non-fiction, poetry and class-made books
  • a maths resource area which allows children to select appropriate items to help them solve practical problems
  • a creative area containing resources for a range of art, design, music and technology activities
  • a construction area containing resources for developing fine motor skills, social interaction and problem solving
  • a small world area which allows children to extend fine motor skills, engage in imaginative play and develop language
  • an area for sand, malleable materials (e.g. play dough) and water play, where children can engage in practical investigations
  • a role play area which can be developed along themed line to cover several aspects of learning in “real life” scenarios.

Development & Assessment

The outside area is seen as an extension of the classroom and the above opportunities will be available outside as well as inside.
Through all of our strands we aim to develop the children as they Play and Explore, be an Active Learner and to have Creative and Critical Thinking.

The staff are constantly assessing the children in their everyday activities, play and through more focussed work. We use observations of the children, photos, the work that they do, feedback from parents and comments made by the children, as well as a new ipad app to decide where we believe the children are working in the 17 areas of learning.

This is based on the Development Matters document which gives statements for the ages of the children. We share this with parents and base the next steps for the children on this.

The planning each term and each week is taken from the previous week’s findings, the interests of the children and the next steps.

My favourite lesson at school is English. I can let my imagination run wild!
Year 6 Pupil
I love doing sports at Griffin. It keeps me fit and healthy!
Year 6 Pupil
I like school because we do lots of fun activities!
Year 4 Pupil
The best thing about school is seeing my friends and the teachers.
Year 4 Pupil
It is really easy to make new friends. That is an amazing thing about this School!
Year 6 Pupil
I love doing our Thursday activities. They’re fun and teach me something new.
Year 6 Pupil