Higher Openshaw Community School

Together We Learn

0161 223 3549


Saunton Road, Openshaw, Manchester M11 1AJ

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Welcome to our Early Years Foundation Stage


At Higher Openshaw Community School we have a Nursery and Reception classes within our EYFS.  This year, our Reception and Year 1 cohorts are mixed . If you would like more information on this, please click here. 

We understand that the experiences children have in the foundation stage have an enormous impact on their future life experiences, so we strive to provide the best learning opportunities for our children.

The EYFS team ensures that every day is a learning day filled with knowledge, happy times and enjoyable learning experiences. We teach children how to be ‘Ready, Respectful and Safe’ within their learning environments and build a place where we take care of ourselves, each other, our school and our community.

The EYFS team strongly believe  that play is essential. Through play, children develop language skills, their emotions and creativity, social and intellectual skills.   ‘Play’  enables children to ‘have a go’, build their independence and ‘get involved’ with their learning.  Every classroom in our EYFS has ‘continuous provision’.

Children in our EYFS spend a considerable amount of time learning outdoors. We believe that being outdoors has a positive impact on children's sense of well-being and it helps children's development as it gives children the opportunity to do things in different ways. Our calming EYFS Garden gives children first-hand experiences with nature- growing food, learning about the weather, seasons and the natural world.

Mrs Mellor


EYFS Information 

What do children learn in the EYFS?

We use the statutory  ‘Early Years Foundation Stage Framework’ to plan activities and lessons which support the Prime and Specific Areas of learning.

Prime areas:
These are essential and important skills for your child which will help them to build a foundation for curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and forming relationships:
1. Communication and language
2. Physical development
3. Personal, social and emotional development


Specific areas:
As children grow, the skills they develop within the prime areas will help them develop their skills in the specific areas of learning. 
1. Literacy (Reading and Writing)
2. Mathematics
3. Understanding the World 
4. Expressive Arts and Design


For more information about the EYFS Framework, please click here.


Curriculum Documents:
Look at our learning for this academic year:
Nursery Long Term Overview 2022-23
Reception Long Term Overview 2022-23
Year 1 Long Term Overview 2022-23



The Early Years  is  a fun, action-packed and busy learning environment. From messy play and first steps to learning phonics and new games, there's so much for children to do, learn and take in each day.  

We use software called 'Tapestry' to capture  and to record all the learning and fun of children's early years education, as well as monitor their development and learning.  The child's journal is shared with their parents, who are able to see special moments and view their child's progress.


Tapestry can be accessed on your phone and we are here to help if you require some support in setting this up.  
Read more about Tapestry here.

App Store/ Play Store
iPhone/iPad uses: Search for 'Tapestry FSF' in the App Store
Android Devices: Search for  'Tapestry FSF' in the Google Play Store.

Class Blogs:

Look at Nursery's Class Blog here     

Look at R 1 Mrs Mellor's Class Blog here

Look at R 2 Mrs Berry Class Blog here