Developing a caring family of creative, critical and collaborative learners.

Welcome to the Early Years

Welcome to the Early Years


A big hello to all those children and their families who are considering joining our Ellison family in September!

Here at Ellison, we appreciate how important choosing the right school for you and your child is.


EYFS Long Term Curriculum Plan

Starting School Storybook - a book to share with your child.

EYFS New Intake Meeting

Characteristics of Effective Learning

Characteristics of effective learning define how children learn, rather than what they learn. The three characteristics of effective learning identified by the EYFS are: 

  • playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’;
  • active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements
  • creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.

At Ellison we explore these through the use of different animals, helping the children to remember and demonstrate the different characteristics in their learning and play.

Our classroom is full of...

Proud peacocks.

Concentrating crocodiles.

Choosing chimps.

Clever chameleons.

Persevering parrots.

Experimenting eagles.

I know rhinos.

Exploring elephants.

Linky snakes.



Please see below for a link to our school Twitter page.

Please see below a tour of our school.

New Intake Video

We love to learn at Ellison!

Useful documents and links about transition

Learning resources for EYFS

To apply for a place in our reception for September, please click on the link below.