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Children  »  Foundation  »  Our Early Years Curriculum

The EYFS outlines that there are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in Early Years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. 
These three areas, the prime areas, are:
  • communication and language;
  • physical development;
  • personal, social and emotional development.

Early Years Providers must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
  • literacy;
  • mathematics;
  • understanding the world;
  • expressive arts and design.

We ensure that the children experience a range of activities, focused (with an adult directing the play) and independent (children directing the learning with adults supporting).
  • Communication and language development. We aim to give children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
    Physical development. We providing opportunities for children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children learn the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food. They have access to bikes, bats, balls etc…they are encouraged to take risks, climb trees and build dens.
  • Personal, social and emotional development. We help the children to become confident in new situations, be respectful to others and has a positive sense of themselves. They will develop positive relationships, learn how to deal with conflict and be proud of what they can achieve.
  • Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest. They are encourage to mark make and write in all areas of the classroom, both inside and out and use a variety of resources, paint, felt tips, chalks and mud!
  • Mathematics. Children have opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
  • Understanding the world.  Children learn about the world they live in, they look at their own families and what makes them the same and different. They learn about different cultures and celebrations.  They look at how things change and talk about how and why things work. They also learn how to used technology.
  • Expressive arts and design. Children explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

At the end of their Reception Year, the children will be assessed against 17 Early Learning Goals. This is called the Foundation Stage Profile.  The Profile will be shared with parents, and used by the child's next teacher for planning his/her learning in Year 1.