Stockton-on-the-Forest Primary School

Happy, Healthy, Learning for Life and Caring for All

Early Years Foundation Stage

Stockton-on-the-Forest Primary School recognises how important that those first experiences of school are. We want them to be fun, exciting and to inspire our youngest learners. We firmly believe how important it is to give our children the best start on their school journey. We recogise that children learn best through an inquisitive and explorative approach: play is how they learn best. Play is serious work for our children – they challenge themselves, problem solve, work together, communicate, negotiate, develop an inquiring mind, express their ideas, imagine and enjoy learning.


  • Children are individually supported in their learning journey by experienced and understanding adults who understand how to extend their learning opportunities through interaction and provision.
  • Our planning revolves around and focuses on the children’s needs, interests and stages of development.
  • We understand that learning should be holistic; each of the 17 areas of learning cannot be taught in isolation and we seek to provide opportunities for children to make links in their learning and understanding.
  • New concepts are presented in a context the children understand to develop their learning and move them forwards.
  • Children are encouraged to reflect upon their learning and participate in planning the next steps in their journey.

Following the children’s interests and their play means that every day is an adventure; one which evolves over time! As the children are in charge of their learning they are intrinsically motivated and show high levels of involvement. They are excited to come in to school and equally as excited to share their learning at home!


Want to find out a bit more about what learn in Reception year? Take a look at the school's Curriculum page where you will find more information about what learning is covered. 


Our Reception class is called Pines and is for children aged 4-5 years old. You will need to apply via City of York Council for a place. You can arrange a pre-visit by calling 01904 400366.

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