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The importance of valuing others, listening to different viewpoints, taking care of belongings, manners, appreciating the diversity which exists in our community and beyond


The determination to reach the highest standards, every day.


The desire to grow and develop, achieving the best for ourselves and each other.


The knowledge that working with others, asking for help when needed and supporting others to develop are the foundations of growth.


The importance of joy in what we do, discovering our strengths and using them.

Early Years


Nursery Places




If your child is 3 years of age before 1st September 2022, they will be old enough to be in our Nursery in September 2022. Please collect an application form from the school office and return it to the school office and your child will be placed on the waiting list.


If you would like to visit our setting please contact our office to arrange a time.

Early Years Outcomes

At Irk Valley Community School, staff in Early Years plan according to Early Years Outcomes, a government publication to help structure children's development from birth to 5 years old. The publication is available on the following link: 

... In simpler terms! 


What to expect in Early Years has also been published as a supporting document to help parents and carers work alongside teachers and learn with their children at home. This is available on the following link:

Early Years Staff

Parents as Partners

We always appreciate an extra pair of hands and it's lovely when parents come and join us in class and on trips.   We have a weekly stay and play in which parents are welcome to stay and work with the children.  Reception's stay and play is every Tuesday and Nursery's stay and play in every Wednesday. 


Please always have a chat with your child's teacher or Miss Watson if you have any questions concerning your child's learning and development, or if there is anything else we can help you with. 


As children move through Early Years, we use  'Supersonic Phonic Friends' - a method to develop children's phonic skills and help them learn to read and write. This begins in nursery with Phase 1, which encourages children to listen to and join in with nursery rhymes and songs as well tuning into sounds around them and the sounds in words. Once they move onto Reception they will progress through phase 2 and phase 3 phonics, learning how to read and write using the sounds they can hear (phonemes) in words.  To listen to these sounds, please click on the link below:

Overview of phonics scheme of work in Early Years



To support your child with their reading, we ask that you promote a love of books through reading school books and bedtime stories at home with your child. Trips to the local library are a great way to encourage their interest in books, or else come and use our Early Years library where you can borrow books to share at home.


We have an Early Years library, located on the balcony, please help yourself to books to read at home with your children.  The reading notice boards have lots of useful tips to help support reading at home.  There are also leaflets and phoneme mats available for you to take to support this.

Celebrating Good Times

At Irk Valley Community School we like to celebrate festivals and religions which happen all over the world, especially when some of our children have links to particular countries and religions. Last year we celebrated Eid, Christmas and below are a few pictures form Chinese New Year.   Watch out for invitations to attend our special celebration days this year.

Learning Through Play

Throughout the Early Years, we aim for every child to enjoy their day at school and encourage them to become independent and motivated learners. Staff encourage playful interactions to help children develop across Seven Areas of learning:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development: making friends; developing their confidence and self-esteem; being self-motivated in their own learning. 
  • Communication and Language: interacting with peers and adults, speaking and listening, paying attention.
  • Physical Development: Developing gross and fine motor skills. 
  • Literacy: Phonics, reading and writing.
  • Mathematical Development: Numbers and number patterns.  
  • Understanding the World: Looking at their own environment, community and past and present. 
  • Expressive Arts and Design: Creating with materials and being imaginative and expressive.

Learning through play- some examples