Early Years Foundation Stage Unit


For our very youngest learners in the FSU we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS), this covers seven areas of learning: three prime areas, communication and language; physical development and personal, social and emotional development and four specific areas which are: literacy; mathematics; understanding the world and expressive arts and design.  We provide a broad, balanced, practical experience to enable our learners to have the best possible start to their educational career and monitor their progress regularly throughout the FSU in order to complete their EYFS profile.

Please note that children do not automatically transfer from FS1 to FS2. There is a legal  requirement to apply for full time education, you will receive details from school.

Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage

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Key Stage One (Year 1 and Year 2)


Within Key Stage One, are the following year groups: Year 1 and Year 2.  This key stage is the transition from the play based curriculum of EYFS towards the SATs at the end of year 2. We plan our learning based on a variety of topics across the academic year. We endeavour to build learning links across all subjects to our topic where possible, ensuring learners have opportunities to develop their understanding by connecting associated concepts.


To ensure that learners are reaching their full potential, they are expected to read their individual reading book at least 3 times a week at home with parents. If this is completed, they will receive a ‘Reading Dojo’ worth 3 points. Homework is also sent out weekly on a Thursday. It needs to be completed and sent back in to school by Tuesday. If this is done, then the learner will receive a ‘Homework Dojo’ worth 2 points.

There will also be a wide variety of curriculum enhancing events throughout the year. These include the Year 1 children going to Skegness for the day, as part of their ‘We Are Britain’ topic and the Year 2 children spending a night at school in preparation for the residential during key stage 2.

Lower Key Stage Two (Year 3 and Year 4)


Lower Key Stage Two (Year 3 and Year 4)


In Lower Key Stage 2, our learning is focused on a range of exciting and interesting topics. In addition, children are given the opportunity to go on a range of educational visits, which enhance our curriculum further.


We expect all learners to read at home at least three times each week to a parent/carer, this should be written in their Home School Record book and initialled by the adult who has listened to them.  They will earn three dojo points for doing this. If your child is a good reader, they can read independently, please could you support them by asking questions about what they have read to show that they understand it. If the Home School Record Book is signed on the parent signature line, then your child will also receive a dojo.


Homework is set on a weekly basis; it will be handed out on a Thursday and should be completed by Tuesday. Children get dojo points for handing in their homework on time and completing all of it.


There are residential trips arranged for both year groups. In May, Year 3 go to Beaumanor, this is linked to their World War II in Derby topic. In Year 4, our learners have the opportunity to go to Castleton in February; this is linked with their Romans topic.

Upper Key Stage 2 (Year 5 and Year 6)


The learning is based around an exciting topic led curriculum. We have high expectations of our learners in both their learning and their behaviour.  They are expected to be role models to the children in the years below them.  We give learners extra responsibilities. These learners are selected by staff and their duties focus on developing self-esteem, responsibility and independence.


The Year 6 children put themselves forwards and are voted for by the whole school to become key members of the school council and they have regular meetings with representatives of the other year groups and Mrs O’Leary.  They then meet with Mrs Knibbs to take forward ideas and matters arising from the school council meetings, this is a very responsible role as they are the direct voice of all the children in the school.


We also develop learner’s independence and responsibility for their own learning and as they prepare to move on to secondary school we spend a lot of time discussing and sharing experiences that are very important to them.  Over the 2 years we cover sensitive issues including relationship and sex education and answer questions arising in an open and honest way.  We also provide sessions on internet safety, drugs and gangs awareness.


The trips and experiences that are provided are linked to the topics that are covered. These are great educational experiences for the children.


Learners are expected to read at home every day.  In preparation for End of Year Tests they are encouraged to read for a longer period of time.  If your child is a good reader they can read independently.  Please support this reading with lots of questions to show that they understand the text.  To show that they have read please sign their reading record.  If the children read at least three times a week they will gain dojo points. They will also gain a dojo point if they make sure that their reading record is signed by a parent/ carer.


They are expected to complete homework on a weekly basis. In Year 5 and Year 6 this consists of a piece of maths, English and topic.  This is distributed on a Thursday and is to be handed in the next Tuesday.  Again the children can receive dojo points for handing in their homework on time and completing all of it.  This needs to be completed to the expected standard.  If the children are having problems completing their homework, there is a homework support club every lunchtime.


There is a residential visit for each of the year groups.  Year 5 go camping at Hesley Wood, which is a scout/guide centre.  Here they put up their own tents, help make their meals and complete a variety of activities.   Year 6 go to a youth hostel in Hunstanton, Norfolk. We explore the surrounding area and its beaches, go to the Sea Life Centre and visit Sandringham.

Administration Team


We are team who ensure all administrative work is carried out efficiently for LCPS, we work at the direction of the Headteacher.  We are responsible for the day to day office work, managing pupil records, orders etc we also assist the Headteacher in managing the school budget.  We are the first point of contact for LCPS and as such provide a vital link between school and the community.



Contact Us

Lakeside Primary Academy
London Road
DE24 8UY
Telephone: 01332 571485


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