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The children at Pine Ridge & Lorraine Infant Schools held special Remembrance Day assemblies during which they laid poppies & observed a 2 minute silence. Please follow the link to our website to see more.


The children at Pine Ridge & Lorraine Infant Schools held special Remembrance Day assemblies during which they laid poppies & observed a 2 minute silence. Please follow the link to our website to see more.


We would like to say a HUGE thank you for all your very kind donations today for our Harvest Festival. We will have an update for you after half term to let you know how your donations have been distributed. Thank you all so much again!


We had an amazing day celebrating the 10th Anniversary with a sponsored Fun Run! The children arrived full of energy in their fabulous outfits! We were astounded by your generosity!


Following last week's visit from a local author, the children in Reception have been taking part in various creative/writing activities inspired by her visit. Please follow the link to our website news


Please see the information below regarding our Mental Health Support Team's upcoming Parent/Carer Workshops in October. Please contact the school office if you have any questions/to book a place. Pine Ridge: 01276 23207. Lorraine: 01276 65649. Cordwalles: 01276 23298




This week, the children have been awarded ‘Star of the Week’ for being an excellent role model, consistently trying their best, showing excellent behaviour for learning and working hard in all their subjects, especially maths! Congratulations and well done!


We express our deepest sympathies for the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Her dedication to the UK, other realms & territories is unparalleled & we thank her for her service. We will observe the mourning period whilst continuing to support our children, families and staff.


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Please come along and join us for our ‘cashless’ Book Fair this week at Cordwalles Junior School: Thursday 7th July - Year 3 & 4 @ 3.15pm in the School Hall. Friday 8th July - Year 5 & 6 @ 3.15pm in the School Hall Look out for more information on ParentMail!


Wonderful celebrations took place on Wednesday for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee! A fantastic day full of activities, with a veritable banquet for lunch & a ceremony to plant cherry trees at both schools! Please follow the link!

Early Years Foundation Stage

EYFS at Pine Ridge and Lorraine

We want our children to be engaged, motivated, creative and curious.  This will enable them to become problem solvers, critical thinkers, risk takers and independent learners.  We achieve this through our early years environment which is stimulating and inviting both inside and outside with high quality open ended resources using a free flow approach.

We provide rich learning opportunities which promote challenge and enable children to become independent and resilient learners.  Multi use resources enable children to have ownership over their learning.  We create environments where children can have fun and create purposeful mess.  Adults are sensitive and nurturing and sensitively support children’s play, language and thinking through positive relationships.  This includes skilled questioning which helps to extend children’s thinking and understanding without interfering with their original ideas and thoughts.

Through a deep knowledge of child development our environment and interactions creates happy, confident children.  This is enhanced by relevant adult directed activities.

Through this provision, we aim to create skilled lifelong learners.

Learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception)

In planning and guiding children’s learning experiences, staff in our Nursery and Reception units reflect on the different ways that children learn and cater for these in their daily practice.

Three characteristics of effective learning in the early years are:

  1. Playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’
  2. Active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements
  3. Creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things

Learning experiences for Nursery and Reception children are planned around seven Prime and Specific Areas of Learning and experience.  Early Learning Goals summarise the knowledge, skills and understanding that all young children should have gained by the end of the Reception year.

Playing and exploring with the willingness ‘to have a go’, alongside being an active learner engaging in ‘hands on’ experiences, develops each child’s ability to make links, share views and express ideas in a safe and supportive learning environment.

Early Years practice is developed in line with ‘best practice’ guidelines and supports the concept of continuous provision, free-flow, and a predominantly child-led learning environment both indoors and outdoors.  At the heart of this is the development of communication and language skills.


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