Ashbourne Hilltop
Primary and Nursery School

with ERS Provision

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Foundation Stage

Miss Gordon (Teacher), Mrs Butler (Teacher) and Mrs Fearn (HLTA) welcome you to our Foundation Stage page.  We hope that you will enjoy viewing our page containing exciting class news, pictures and relevant information.


At Ashbourne Hilltop we provide a rich and vibrant Early Years Curriculum.  We want all our children to foster cultural capital and take part in exciting experiences.  During the induction process every child is base-lined within the first few weeks of starting school.  We then assess the children throughout the year through observations and play based opportunities.


We plan using the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and deliver the curriculum to enhance independence, awe and wonder and basic life skills.  Likewise, the children can access the continuous provision involving a range of resources such as: sand, water, craft area, reading, construction, maths, role play, writing table, outdoors, exploration and investigation table and the colour of the week.  Literacy is taught using the Talk for Writing approach to encourage a love for reading.  The Foundation Stage also participate in structured handwriting and guided reading sessions.


The OFSTED judgement for Early Years Provision at Ashbourne Hilltop is 'Good' December 2018.


Comments were made as follows:


"Children are well settled and behaved."

"Staff set high expectations."

"Parent partnership is highly effective."

"Children make good progress and are enthused."


At Ashbourne Hilltop your child is taught through play and games in all the areas of learning.

The areas of learning are:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Communication and Language

Physical Development



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design


The children experience Forest Schools on a weekly basis, exploring the world around us.

Having fun in EYFS!