Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, regrettably we are unable to invite parents into school for a tour of Berkswich CE primary and nursery. We understand that choosing the right setting for your child is one of the most important decisions that you will make in your child’s learning journey. With this in mind, we hope to provide you with a range of opportunities to allow you to gain an insight into life as part of our special Berkswich community and the chance to ask questions. We certainly welcome the opportunity to support and reassure you as you organise your child’s first steps into Nursery and Reception. We are offering virtual meetings to provide an opportunity for new parents to meet our headteacher, EYFS leader and teaching staff. This will provide a great opportunity for you to ask questions and find out about our community and learning at Berkswich CE. Your child is a vital part of this process, and so we welcome them to join in with the meeting.

Reception slots

Tuesday 17th November 9am – 10:30am

Tuesday 1st December 3:30- 5:30pm

Tuesday 8th December 9am – 10:30am

Nursery slots

Tuesday 19th January 9am– 10:30am

Tuesday 2nd February 3:30—5:30pm

Tuesday 9th March 9am—10:30 am

To book your ten-minute virtual meeting on one of the following days please call the school office on 01785 337360 or send an email to

Please visit our admissions page to take a closer look at our Nursery and Reception classes, as well as our admissions arrangements. Thank you.

BerkswichCE Primary School

Achieve, Believe and Care

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Characteristics of Effective Learning

Characteristics of effective learning (CEL):


The ways in which the child engages with other people and their environment – playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically – underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner.


  • Playing and exploring- engagement:
    • 'Finding out and exploring’ is concerned with children’s open-ended hands-on experiences. These result from innate curiosity and provide the raw sensory material from which the child builds concepts, tests ideas and finds things out.
    • ‘Using what they know in their play’ describes how children use play to bring together their current understandings, combining, refining and exploring their ideas in imaginative ways. Representing experiences through imaginative play supports the development of narrative thought, the ability to see from other perspectives, and symbolic thinking.
    • ‘Being willing to have a go’ refers to the child finding an interest, initiating activities, seeking challenge, having a ‘can do’ orientation, being willing to take a risk in new experiences, and developing the view of failures as opportunities to learn.
  • Active learning- motivation:
    • ‘Being involved and concentrating’ describes the intensity of attention that arises from children concentrating on following a line of interest in their activities.
    • ‘Keeping on trying’ refers to the importance of persistence even in the face of challenge of difficulties, an element of purposeful control which supports resilience.
    • ‘Enjoying achieving what they set out to do’ refers to the reward of meeting one’s own goals, building on the intrinsic motivation which supports long-term success, rather than relying on the approval of others.
  • Creating and thinking critically:
    • ‘Having their own ideas’ covers the critical area of creativity – generating new ideas and approaches in all areas of endeavour. Being inventive allows children to find new problems as they seek challenge, and to explore ways of solving these.
    • ‘Using what they know to learn new things’ refers to the way in which children develop and link concepts, find meaning in sequence, cause and effect and in the intentions of others through both narrative and scientific modes of thought.
    • ‘Choosing ways to do things and finding new ways’ involves approaching goal-directed activity in organised ways, making choices and decisions about how to approach tasks, planning and monitoring what to do and being able to change strategies.