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An exceptional independent day school and nursery for boys and girls from 2 to 11 years of age. Where no child goes unnoticed

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Early Years Foundation Stage

Our Reception children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, based on the seven areas of learning: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Literacy, Mathematical Development, Understanding of the World, Physical Development and Expressive Arts and Design. 

It is a curriculum firmly based on learning through play, which values the partnership between home and school. Our children in Lambs and Pre-School are taught in a building designed specifically for the Early Years Foundation Stage. Outdoor education forms an integral part of the curriculum and both classes enjoy time spent exploring and investigating the outdoor environment.

Reception children are paired with a Reading Buddy from Year 4, with whom they share books and talk about them weekly. The paired classes often share a Welly Walk through the school grounds. 



We follow the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage which consists of seven areas of learning and development. The three prime areas are: communication and language (CLL), physical development (PD) and personal, social and emotional development (PSED). The remaining four areas are: literacy (L), mathematics (M), understanding the world (UW) and expressive arts and design (EAD).

Each area of learning and development is implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity. Ongoing (formative) assessment is an integral part of the learning and development process.

During your child's time in EYFS we capture their experiences as well as monitor development and learning through our Electronic Learning Diaries. Each child's unique journal is shared on-line with parents who are able to see special moments and view their child's progress. Every entry helps to create a complete story of a child's time in their Early Years at Fairfield.

The level of progress children should be expected to have attained by the end of the EYFS is defined by 17 Early Learning Goals (ELGs). In the final term of the year in which the child reaches the age of 5 (and no later than 30th June in that term), current requirements are that the EYFS Profile (EYFSP) must be completed for each child. Each child's level of development is assessed against the 17 ELGs and the three characteristics of effective learning. To complete the EYFSP, the class teacher must indicate whether children are meeting, exceeding or not yet reaching (emerging) expected levels of development. The EYFSP results are shared with parents and a copy of the Profile is passed on to the Year 1 teacher.

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“We moved our son to Fairfield as we felt he needed a nurturing and caring environment coupled with an education to suit his individual needs and, after much consideration, we chose Fairfield as we felt it ticked all the boxes. However, we obviously hoped all we had been told and had seen would be proven once he started.”



Fairfield School

Fairfield Way


Bristol BS48 3PD

Fairfield is accredited by the Independent Schools Council, affiliated to the Independent Schools Association and the Association of PNEU Schools.

Fairfield PNEU School (Backwell) Limited is a company limited by guarantee. Registered in England No. 814684. The company is established for charitable purposes. Charity No. 310215.

Classroom, class and staff photographs reproduced with permission from Dave Pratt Photography; Whole school and individual staff photographs reproduced with permission from Colorfoto Ltd.

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