Bishops Lydeard Church School- EYFS Vision Statement

In the Early Years at Bishops Lydeard Church School we want our children to be happy, confident, independent, reflective, respectful and resilient individuals who have a love of learning and are positive about their own identity. This will be fostered within a Christian environment.  

We believe in providing all children with a safe and stimulating environment that builds on individual’s needs and interests and provides them with opportunities to reflect our school vision of ‘life in all its fullness’.

Children should have the opportunity to learn through play, where learning is fun, engaging and suitably challenging. We value the importance of our EYFS environment and believe that it offers children the opportunity to develop their thinking and problem-solving skills. Adults provide high-quality interactions and role models for learning.

We are committed to providing children the best possible start to their school life. We are dedicated to teaching our children life-long skills and giving them experiences which will ensure their well-being and success now and in the future.


Please click on the link below for our EYFS policy:



Please click on the links below for further information on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) offer in EYFS

Somerset Local Offer – The Local Offer contains information about services relating to special educational needs, disabilities, education and more.

In addition, we have our Nursery local offer to support nursery parents in our school

Bishops Lydeard Nursery local offer


In our Nursery and Reception class we use topics and themes to make learning come to life and tailor these to meet the children’s needs and interests. Please see our Nursery page and Ladybird class page for photos and lovely examples of the learning in EYFS.

Reception/Ladybird Class Overviews

We link key texts with our themes and use Talk for Writing to internalise the texts and then innovate them using the children’s interests.

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


Magical Me

Various texts




Are all animals the same

The Rainbow Fish/Dear Zoo




Up! Up Away!

Jack and the Beanstalk



What can we find if we follow that star?

Brown, Bear, Brown Bear What do you see?


Are all mini-beast scary?

The Hungry Caterpillar/The Angry Ladybird


Who are the famous characters inside my book?

Each Peach, Pear, Plum

Traditional tales


Nursery Overview

In nursery we build on the children’s interests and also introduce themes and texts to help develop their love of reading and create purposes for learning.

Terms Themes/Fiction and non-fiction texts



Term 1


Being me:





People who help us/jobs

Our village





Term 2



Winter- science- melting and freezing

Tea shop- Tiger who came to tea/Cooking/instructions

The post box- The Jolly Christmas postman/post office visit




Term 3


Going on a bear hunt- habitats and caves

Chinese New Year- non-fiction books

Gingerbread Man/cooking and instructions

Spring- growing




Term 4


Mini-beasts- The very hungry caterpillar/healthy eating/mini-beast books

Goldilocks and the Three Bears/books on bears

Holy festival/Easter- Bible Story




Term 5


Noah’s Ark- Bible Story

Animals- Dear Zoo/Owl babies/habitat books

Dinosaurs- Harry and Bucketful of dinosaurs





Term 6


Seaside/under the sea/pirates- 10 Little Pirates/Rainbow Fish/sea animals

Ways of travelling- The snail on the Whale/Whatever next/Transport books

Holiday postcards- The Jolly Postman



We record observations and assessments of the children, to create an online learning journal on Tapestry. This means that parents/carers can access their child’s learning journal at home. You will have your own personal log-in where you can see what your child has been doing in EYFS. You can also add your own observations of things your child has done at home.

Floor books

We use floor books to create a ‘big picture’ of the learning that happens in EYFS. We add in photos, quotes and examples of learning for all areas. These floor books are available at any time for parents and carers to look at. We also share them at parents evening and open classrooms.

Cultural capital

We want the best for our children. We support and encourage them to become well rounded individuals who are able to enjoy a range of experiences.

We work together across our EYFS unit to offer experiences that range from celebrating different cultural events to visitors in school and visits out of school.

Please see below for a few examples of celebrations, visitors and visits that happen in EYFS. Please see our Nursery and Reception/Ladybird class pages for more examples.

Examples below:

Noah’s Ark Reptile visit, Coop fruit kebab making, library visit, PCSO visit, Chinese New Year, Little Knox first aid, Remembrance Day, Guide Dog visit, Cafe visit and trip and international water week.