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Stripey is in today, as tomorrow will be the last day of the collection for for ‘School Days’ campaign. Please do bring anything you are able to donate from the list to the school office. Thank you.

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We are excited to be celebrating the King’s Coronation at school tomorrow where the children can wear red, white and blue clothing. We are also looking forward to seeing everyone’s completed stamps.

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Congratulations to all of those who received their school choices last night. We are looking forward to welcoming all of our new reception children in September 2023.

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Welcome back to all our children today, and also good luck on those waiting to hear about reception primary school places today.

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Nursery and reception children had a great time when came to visit yesterday with their animals.

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The Year 6 children have arrived safely in Duxford. They have just started a documentary challenge about WW2.

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Our year 5 children visited Easter Experience last Friday. They all had a great time learning about the events of the Easter story & thought the actors were great. Thank you!

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This week the Nursery children have been out in the school woods on a Gruffalo Hunt.

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This week is science week! We are looking forward to seeing everybody’s exciting science projects.

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Thank you to the Mayor of Reigate & Banstead for coming out in the snow to open our fantastic new EYFS outside area today. Our new area is perfect for exploring & learning through play! Our EYFS provision has FREE Nursery places available for children from 2 years old!

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Friends of Merstham Primary are holding a cinema club with onward this Friday. Please complete a permission slip from studybugs if your child would like to attend.

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The deadline for applications for our Nursery is this Friday 10th March. Please ensure you have registered your interest for your child before then at

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This weeks newsletter can be found here:

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Don’t our staff look fantastic dressed in their costumes today.

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Nursery celebrated World Book Day yesterday and don’t the morning class look great. We are looking forward to seeing everyone else in their outfits tomorrow.

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There is so many fun book related items planned for this week!


Class Name Hedgehogs (Nursery) Rabbits (Reception)
Teacher Ms N Saeed Miss K Thatcher
Learning Support Assistant

Mrs Hancock

Mrs Rashid (Wed - Fri)

Miss Cave (Mon)

Miss Mitchell



EYFS Curriculum at Merstham Primary School

At Merstham Primary School our vision statement A community, growing, learning and achieving together clearly sets out what we wish to achieve as a school community. Embedded in our vision are our values Community – Aiming High, Learning to Learn, and wellbeing.

EYFS Curriculum

At Merstham we believe that ‘Play’ is how children learn best. Through play our children explore and develop learning experiences, which help them make sense of the world. They have the opportunity to practice skills, develop ideas and think creatively alongside other children as well as individually. The children communicate with others as they investigate and solve problems. They have the opportunity to express fears or re-live anxious experiences in controlled and safe situations.

Each area of learning and development is implemented through planned, purposeful play. We also teach through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities. Staff respond to each child’s emerging needs and interests, guiding their development through warm, positive interaction.

Our early years setting follows the curriculum as outlined in the latest version of the EYFS statutory framework that applies from September 2021.

The EYFS framework includes 7 areas of learning and development that are equally important and inter-connected. However, 3 areas known as the prime areas are seen as particularly important for igniting curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building children’s capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

The prime areas are:

The prime areas are strengthened and applied through 4 specific areas:

All areas of learning are interlinked and are dependent on each other. They are all of value and important for a child’s development. The 7 areas of learning are underpinned by the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’, which show the learning styles of individual children.

The Characteristics of Effective Learning are;

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically

The EYFS is based upon four principles:

  • A Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning and Development

Each half term we have a new topic which are closely linked to children’s first hand experiences and to their interests. Topics may change to meet the needs of the children. Possibly lines of enquiry this year are:

Term  Topic
Autumn 1 My World 
Autumn 2 Celebrations 
Spring 1 Into the Woods
Spring 2 Paws, Claws and Jaws
Summer 1 In the Garden
Summer 2 Pirates and the Seven Seas


Working in partnership with parents

We recognise that children learn and develop well when there is a strong partnership between staff and parents and/or carers.

Parents and/or carers are kept up to date with their child’s progress and development. The progress check and EYFS profile helps to provide parents and/or carers with a well-rounded picture of their child’s knowledge, understanding and abilities.

Each child is assigned a key person who helps to ensure that their learning and care is tailored to meet their needs. The key person supports parents and/or carers in guiding their child’s development at home. The key person also helps families to engage with more specialist support, if appropriate.

The school acknowledges that it is a requirement for each child to be assigned a key person. In nursery we will assign a key person for each child and for reception the key worker is the teacher.

We have an ‘Open Door policy’ which allows parents and teachers to talk regularly in order to discuss information. Parents are also welcome to request a meeting with the class teacher or Early Years Lead to discuss their child’s learning and development. Parents are also able to access their child’s learning via the Tapestry app. Parents are also updated regularly via class newsletters and the whole school newsletter.

There is a formal meeting for parents in the Autumn and Spring terms at which the teacher and the parents discuss the child’s progress with the teacher. Parents receive a report on their child’s attainment and progress at the end of the Summer term. All staff involved with the EYFS aim to develop good relationships with all children, interacting positively with them and taking time to listen to them.


Useful Websites:

Reception Baseline Assessment

What to expect when


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