Early Years Foundation Stage

Education at Dunalley School starts in our Nursery and Pre-school, where children start their learning in a play-based, child-led, active environment, supported by experienced and qualified Early Years educators.

'Play is the work of the child' Maria Montessori

The Early Years Framework informs our early years curriculum, adapted each year for the individual and unique learners. We have a welcoming and nurturing environment which allows our children to learn through purposeful play. We aim for our continuous provision, both inside and outside, to be as high quality as the adult led provision – ensuring that quality play provides children with the opportunity to 

  • Revisit 
  • Rehearse 
  • Consolidate 
  • Learn 

We ensure that children develop knowledge and skills within the 3 prime areas of learning (Communication and Language, Physical Development, PSED) through: 

  • our high-quality continuous provision and enhancements throughout the year 
  • a mix of direct teaching and adult interactions 
  • building positive relationships with families 

We are equally focussed on supporting all learners through their development in the specific areas of 

  • Mathematics  
  • Literacy 
  • Understanding the World 
  • Expressive Arts and Design 

Our long-term planning, ensures full curriculum coverage, delivered through the use of quality texts, real-life experiences and subject knowledge shared with the wider school. This is adapted for our individual and unique learners - taking into account specific personal interests, areas of strength and development and ongoing assessment - to deliver our teaching and learning.  

Please click on the links below to find out more about our EYFS educational programmes.

OPEN DAY for 2024 Starters

20 Nov 2023

Another OPEN DAY for September 2024 Starters will take place on January 9th 2024 at 9.30am to 10.30am - please just come along!
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OPAL Bingo - Winners

15 Nov 2023

Coming Soon !
Another OPAL Bingo opportunity

OPAL Platinum Award

18 Apr 2023

Awarded Platinum
This award means that Dunalley primary has some of the best lunchtime play opportunities in the country for all their pupils.

Sports Day

24 Mar 2023

Sports Day 
KS2 - 11th July 
KS1 - 13th July

OPAL Bingo

31 Jan 2023

The competition has started, which class can conmplete their OPAL Bingo card?

Parent Walkthrough - Read, Write Inc KS1

13 Jan 2023

Parents/Carers are invited to our Walk through on Thursday 2nd February from 9am to 9.30am

Healthy Schools Award

16 Dec 2022

We are thrilled to have been awarded the Healthy Schools Award

Year 6 Art

21 Nov 2022

Our Year 6 children have prodiced some fabulous art work.

Call of the Wild

04 Oct 2022

Our Year 6 residential week is underway.The children are having a fabulous time.

Y6 - Secondary School Open Days

16 Sep 2022

Over the coming few weeks there are a number of open days in the local area that we would like to make you aware of.