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Welcome to our EYFS page

Meet the Team

Mrs Fish

Hello, my name is Mrs Gingell! I have three grown up children, and 6 beautiful grandchildren. I have always lived in Trowbridge and even came to The Grove as a pupil when I was a little girl.
Outside of school I play netball for Trowbridge Netball club when I am a goal shooter! I am lucky enough to run a netball club at school so I can share my love of the sport. I am also a keen baker and love to share my bakes with the adults at The Grove. Dance is another interest of mine and I take children to the Dance Festival in Bath every year.
I have worked at The Grove for close to 30 years and have had many different roles over the years. I began as a parent helper, before coming a TA, then HLTA and eventually became a teacher. I have been an EYFS teacher for 3 years and it is my favourite place to teach. Working with EYFS children is magical and is full of laughter and fun!
I completed a BA Hons in Early Childhood Education at Bath University in 2013. As part of my degree I gained a Forest School Qualification which helped grow my love of outdoor learning.
My favourite thing about working in the EYFS is nurturing the children to become independent individuals with a life-long love of learning.

Miss Touray

Hi my name is Miss Barnett. I have two wonderful teenage boys who keep me busy at home. I have a passion for tarantulas and have three of my own. Rosie the tarantula makes a regular appearance at school and the children love her. My beautiful cat Tia loves to sunbath on warm days and loves a good cuddle.
Before working at The Grove I was the deputy manager of a local pre-school. I have seen a lot of children though their transition to primary school! Since joining The Grove in 2021, It has been lovely to work with slightly older children in Reception and I love seeing the next step in their journey. As part of my role I support children with Speech and Language needs. This involves helping them feel more confident and playing games to refine their speech.
I completed my Level 3 TA course in 2020 and recently completed an ‘Understanding Autism’ course that was very interesting and highlighted my love for working with SEND children.
My favourite thing about working in the EYFS is the children’s innocence and the wonderful imaginative conversations you can have. Watching children thrive is just wonderful.

Mrs Hill

Hi, nice to meet you, I am Mrs Fish. I grew up in Suffolk which is about 4 hours away from Trowbridge. I am kept busy at home with my cat Kiki, dog Merlin and husband Josh. In my free time I love to grow plants and recently renovated my garden. Baking is also lots of fun and I am trying to perfect chocolate brownies at the moment!
I have worked at The Grove since I qualified at a teacher and spent 5 years working as a Year 4 teacher. During Covid-19 I had the opportunity to work in EYFS and loved every minute of it. I eventually moved permanently to EYFS in 2022. Working with our youngest children is lovely as we are able to provide them with so many magical first experiences!
Music is a huge part of my life and I gained a Music Degree at Bath Spa University. I have grade 8 on the flute and clarinet and am now hugely passionate about providing children with musical opportunities during primary school. I run the KS2 choir and singing assemblies for the older children too. We are soon starting a flute club which we are all very excited about.
My favourite thing about working in the EYFS is building strong relationships with the children seeing their confidence grow.

Mrs Gingell





Hello I am Miss Touray. I come from The Gambia, in West Africa. I have a secondary aged son who is football mad! I did not learn to swim as a child, but I am now having swimming lessons which I love. I really enjoy cooking, especially traditional Gambian food.

I came to the UK at the age of 17 and went to college in Swindon. I took my teacher training course at Bath Spa and then taught in Bristol for 8 years. I joined The Grove in January 2021 an I love it. The children are delightful and the staff are so welcoming.

I am a HLTA and support the EYFS children in the morning with their interventions. In the afternoons, I work across the school all the way up to Year 4! But I enjoy working with the EYFS children the most as the children as so delightful.

My favourite bit about working in the EYFS is when we are busy making things and cooking delicious treats with the children.


Miss Barnett


Hi I’m Mrs Hill. I have three wonderful grown up children who I am so proud of! I also have a cat called Phoebe and my husband is called Martin. In my free time I love to go wildlife watching and I am very interested in space.
I have worked at The Grove for over 20 years! I have been very lucky to have worked in nearly every year group and ran interventions for children that needed a bit of extra help. I have worked in the EYFS for 6 years I and I love it!
A few years ago I completed a course through Edge Hill University specialising in Nurture Groups these skills have really helped me when working with our lovely Reception children.
My favourite part about working in the EYFS is working with the children and seeing all of the progress they have made.

Intent, Implementation and Impact


At The Grove School we believe that all children deserve an education rich in memorable experiences that will allow our children’s creativity and curiosity to grow. This, alongside the development of key skills and knowledge offers our children the strongest of foundations and a love of learning. Giving the children the best chance to become well-rounded, happy individuals, ready to succeed in life both socially and academically. The establishment of strong, positive relationships provides a solid foundation upon which learning has no limits, so the development of personal, social, and emotional skills are a key priority for our EYFS Team.

It is our intention to provide stimulating learning environments both inside and outside where all children can work independently with a range of adults and with their peers to explore, ask questions and find out about the world around them. We ensure we make use of our wonderful school grounds such as the woodlands or the allotments to explore to further and to further knowledge.

Our aim is to provide children with a well-structured, safe and active learning environment to enable our young learners to develop the skills, attitudes and understanding that are needed to support them becoming lifelong learners.  We pride ourselves with providing high quality teaching where the children learn basic key skills and build on these by revisiting and making links to prior learning. 


We recognise the importance of giving our children the best possible start to their education by ensuring that we plan and implement teaching and learning opportunities that support them in reaching their full potential and ultimately, achieve their Early Learning Goals. We do this by making lessons as cross curricular as possible with a clear rationale and purpose behind what we are doing so the children make links between their learning and everyday life.

We also recognise that children will learn most effectively when they are healthy and feel safe and secure, when their individual needs are met and when they have positive relationships with the adults who care for them. We provide a setting that encompasses a safe and stimulating environment where children are able to enjoy learning and grow in confidence.

In our setting we provide a good balance of teaching sessions and adult-led activities to build and model the foundation of the children’s learning skills and knowledge and understanding of the curriculum, so that they can apply this learning to child-initiated activities and throughout the continuous provision. 

The curriculum is planned and implemented using a topic based approach created upon the children’s likes and interests at the time.  This approach gives the children the opportunities to apply learning from across the curriculum, providing practical context and also opportunities to apply knowledge and skills they have learned through a variety of learning opportunities. These topics are introduced to our children in creative and engaging ways and usually through a memorable experience or “hook” to capture their engagement and enthusiasm.   Within each topic we ensure that previous knowledge, skills and experiences are built upon thus embedded what they know, remember and do. 

Throughout our setting the children are assessed in relation to their progress towards Development Matters and the Early Learning Goals. These judgements are made on the basis of accumulative observations and in-depth knowledge of the children acquired through ongoing assessments. Next steps are taught in the moment during continuous provision and adult led activities to ensure children are challenged. End-of-year assessments are finalised during the summer term, summarising each child’s development at that point against the Early Learning Goals and Development Matters.


Our children actively engaged in their learning and the enjoyment of this learning is apparent in their daily provision.  All children experience a curriculum that provides exciting and enriching learning experiences and opportunities for them to learn through educational visits and practical experiences.  

Our children are able to appreciate and understand the world around them by experiencing and learning about different cultures, celebrations, music, dance, art and history. Children are curious and actively ask questions about the world around them and their learning experiences. They are able to take risks and face challenges.  They understand the meaning of respect and are able to respect each other, themselves, adults and the school. They are able to make sense of the world around them, through our curriculum school values and our Number One Programme. Our Early Years children thrive, blossom and learn how to be successful learners. They are fully prepared for and excited about their transition into Year 1 and ready for the National Curriculum expectations.

We know that by the end of the Foundation Stage at The Grove Primary School, our children will have developed the essential knowledge and skills required for everyday life and lifelong learning. Almost all our children make more than the expected steps progress from their starting points. On leaving EYFS our children are happy, inquisitive, respectful and successful learners with bright futures ahead of them.

Curriculum Overview

Term 1 - Marvellous Me ~ Term 2 - Once Upon a Time ~ Term 3 - Rumble in the Jungle ~
Term 4 - Spring into Action ~ Term 5 - Shiver Me Timbers ~ Term 6 - On the Move

Please click the image below for more information on each topic.

Marvellous Me
Once Upon a Time
Rumble in the Jungle(1)
Spring into Action
Pirates Love Underpants 2
Whatever Next!
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