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Early Years

We are so excited that you have decided to join us at Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy!

We hope the information that is on this page will help you and your child to get to know the staff, provide you with what you need to know about our Early Years and most importantly help your child to start to feel excited about coming to school/Nursery.

If you have any questions please email our Early Years lead, Miss Mann, at


At Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy we adhere to the statutory educational programmes, which are shaped by the 7 areas of learning and development. 

Three areas are particularly important for building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships, and thriving. These are called the prime areas:

  • Communication and language

  • Physical development

  • Personal, social, and emotional development


Four areas help children to strengthen and apply the prime areas. These are called the specific areas:

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the world

  • Expressive arts and design


Threaded throughout the EYFS curriculum at Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy are the Characteristics of Effective Learning. These elements underpin how we reflect on each child’s development and adjust our practice accordingly.

  • 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.

Click here to read the Early Years Framework

Click here to read Development Matters 

We use the Flying High Partnership 'Key Knowledge Progression Documents' to support the development of our sequential, knowledge-rich curriculum at Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy. The progression document takes full account of the statutory requirements from the EYFSF, drawing on guidance from Development Matters too.