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Here in Early Years at St Mark’s, fondly known as ‘Little Lions’, we recognise that all children are unique, special and they develop at different rates. We pride ourselves on nurturing children through warm, positive interactions coupled with secure routines for play and learning.

We teach daily discrete structured phonics sessions using FFT Success for All, Phonics scheme of work and daily teacher led maths sessions (White Rose Maths). This is combined with continuous provision throughout the rest of the day to create an enriched and balanced day for our children. 


Our continuous provision empowers children to choose their own learning. Our enabling environment facilitates constant opportunities to demonstrate the Three characteristics of effective teaching and learning. These are: playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’ active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements, and creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.


Teaching and learning is predominately based around our core quality texts, thus aligning with our whole school’s approach to literacy; we enhance our continuous provision according to our current text.  We take opportunities to stimulate children’s interests within our continuous provision and use additional texts to support this.


We promote our St Mark’s key learning behaviours of perseverance, mindfulness, imagining, collaboration, problem solving and questioning throughout all of our teaching and learning in Early Years.


Our continuous provision learning maps provide a snapshot of the learning and experiences that children will enjoy whilst choosing their learning or when in a carousel style of activities.  Please note the learning section is not an exhaustive list and outlines some, but not all key areas of learning. Later in the year, the learning becomes more structured, in preparation for the transition to Year 1.