Swinton Queen Primary School

Swinton Queen Primary School

Part of White Woods Primary Academy Trust

Queen Street, Mexborough, South Yorkshire, S64 8NE


01709 570438

Foundation Stage

Welcome to EYFS

We aim to provide a safe, happy and caring environment where children find learning enjoyable and achieve their best. All the learning opportunities that are offered are hands on and relevant and appropriate to the developmental needs of the children. We offer our children a range of first-hand experiences and play opportunities in order to further all areas of their development. We aim to develop children’s independence and confidence by providing opportunities for them to make choices and decisions for themselves through exploration and experimentation.

Welcome letter

General Information

How to help at home



Miss S Gray - EYFS Leader

Foundation Stage 1 (part time children)

Miss S Gray - Class Teacher

Mrs K Mahon - Class Teacher

Mrs W Taylor- Early Years Lead Practitioner


 Foundation Stage 2

Miss E Jones - Class Teacher

Miss M Edwards - Class Teacher


Support Staff working across the EYFS

Mrs J Pilley- Teaching Assistant 

Mrs H Wilmot - Teaching Assistant (0.6)

Mrs J Foulds - Teaching Assistant 

Mrs K Hamshaw - Teaching Assistant (0.4)


Statutory Framework Link

When planning learning opportunities, we use the Development Matters in EYFS document.

Development Matters Link


Our learning during the Spring Term



To find out how we teach phonics in the EYFS please click the following link. 

Phonics in EYFS


Reading in EYFS Link  Song Book Phonics Booklet


Home Learning Links 



Nursery Rhymes



Counting Songs


Bedtime Stories




Counting games

BBC Bitesize


Phonics games

Phonics Play 


Phonics Play Comics 



Our Curriculum

Our planning identifies essential learning and children’s learning needs.  A theme is planned and children are presented with a question to discuss and explore.  Learning is based around a quality, challenging age appropriate text and children’s interests are followed within this. Through these areas of interests, progress towards the Early Learning Goals is planned.


Word of the Week

In order to develop children’s language, we will teach adventurous vocabulary.  The children will be taught one word each week. These words will be taught alongside other words found within quality, age related texts which the children will access each week.  Parents will be informed of the word through Class Dojo and their child’s home school diary. 


30 hours childcare 

Click on the link below to find out more information.

30 hours childcare more information 


New Initiative from The Department for Education

Hungry Little Minds Campaign

Children soak up every little bit of stimulation you can give them. It’s all the little things that make a big difference with the development of their speech and understanding of words.

Everyday moments can be used to boost your child’s learning, and they are interested in all sorts of things.

The Hungry Little Minds campaign provides lots of simple tips and activities that you can slot into your routine and that children love:

  • Kids will make a game out of almost anything. When you play with them you can see their imaginations light up. Whether it’s I spy while on the bus, peek-a-boo at bath-time or even a game of teddy bears’ picnic at tea-time.
  • Kids love to talk about all sorts of things. It all goes in, even when they’re too young to say much back. So just go with what they are interested in.
  • Kids love it when you read with them. It all goes in. Every single word. From a book, a magazine, even a shopping list.

Search Hungry Little Minds for simple tips and activities or to find out what’s available where you live and help set them up nicely for school.