Farfield Primary School and Nursery

Early Years

Welcome to the Early Years Page. Here is some information that may be useful throughout the year.

Ways to help your child at home…

  • Have time to relax and play together every day.
  • Read a story to your child every bedtime.
  • Count the number of steps you take when walking or going upstairs.
  • Dance along to different types of music.
  • Go on a shape hunt. Look for things that are shaped like a; circle, square, rectangle, triangle etc.
  • Share sweets equally with family and friends.
  • Bake and cook together as often as you can.
  • Join a library.
  • Bring in photographs from holidays or trips to share with the class.
  • Go on lots of walks.
  • Get your child to help when shopping, reading labels and finding different items.
    Encourage your child to get dressed independently.
  • Talk about how to keep safe e.g. when crossing the road, washing our hands etc.
  • Build an obstacle course.
  • Go to the park.
  • Practise writing for different reasons e.g. writing birthday cards, shopping lists, secret notes, sending text messages etc.
  • Practise reading for different reasons e.g. reading shop signs, text messages, emails, leaflets, catalogues etc.

A guide to your child’s learning Journey


“Parental involvement in children’s education from an early age has a significant effect on educational achievement, and continues to do so into adolescence and adulthood.”

‘The Impact of Parental Involvement in Children’s’ Education’ DSCF 2008


Web address                                     https://www.primaryessence.co.uk/farfield

Log on Instructions

1. Type https://www.primaryessence.co.uk/farfield

2. Then login using the details that your class teacher has given you (If you don’t already have your login details you will get them at the Early Essence workshop).

We are pleased to be able to share with you the following instructions so that you can create and add to your child’s Home Learning Journey through Early Essence! We observe and record children’s progress in order to inform our planning and ensure that we meet the needs of each individual child. We welcome all of your contributions from home, as parental involvement from an early age has a substantial effect on your child’s achievement and development, plus, we love to see what the children are doing away from School!

  1. You will find the Home Learning Journey tab within your child’s report area via your log in to Early Essence


  1. To add a comment, photo or video select New and click Add to Home Learning Journey. Please note - When you've added all that you need for an observation please click 'Done'. This will ensure all the information is saved and submitted to the class teacher for publishing. If you want to add more observations, just click 'Add to Home Learning Journey' and complete another observation. Please note you won't be able to see it again until the observation is published by the teacher



To add an Image; click Choose file and locate the photo. You can then crop or rotate the image and select Upload Image. If you want to add more than one photo to the same observation, click Upload Image again and repeat.

You can then add a comment and/or a video. Now just select done.



To add a Video click the little arrow pointing downwards, Choose file and locate the video. Once that is successful, add a small description and click Upload. Please note videos may take a long time to upload depending on the length and quality of the video and how fast your Internet connection is. Videos can only be uploaded if they are 3 minutes or shorter.

You can then add a comment and or a photo, or if complete, now just select done.

Please note: videos must be named with just one full stop in the name and have a valid video file extension. A good name would be video1234.mp4 whereas a bad name would be video.pupil.mp4. If the videos are named incorrectly they will fail to upload.


To add a comment click the little arrow pointing downwards and add comment in the text box and then click Save. To edit the comment, just change the text and click save again.

You can then add a photo and or a video, or if complete, select Done

Once the Teacher logs in and approves your additions, you will then be able to view them in the Home Learning Journey!

If you need any help or have any questions please do not hesitate to talk to your child’s class teacher.


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