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Early Years – Reception

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is crucial in securing solid foundations that children are going to continue to build upon for the rest of their school journey. 

It is our intent that the children who enter our EYFS develop physically, verbally, cognitively and emotionally whilst developing a positive attitude to school and learning. 

We believe that all children deserve to be valued as an individual and we are passionate in allowing all children to achieve their full, unique potential. Each new year we carefully look at the individual needs of our children and aim to develop our EYFS Curriculum to enable them to develop their own learning journey.

Play, learn and explore

The teaching and learning for the Early Years Foundation Stage is organised into areas of experience rather than individual subjects. These areas are as follows:

The prime areas of development are;

Communication and Language

Physical Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The specific areas of development are;



Understanding the world

Expressive Arts and Design

The teaching of these areas of learning is practical and playful with support and challenge from adults in class sessions, small group sessions and working with individuals. We aim to combine adult-led, teacher taught sessions as well as access to stimulating continuous provision opportunities.

Throughout all of these areas of learning and at the heart of the EYFS Curriculum are the “Characteristics of Effective Learning”. There are three key characteristics

Playing and Learning 

Active Learning 

Thinking Critically

These characteristics aim to give the children the skills that they will
continue to draw upon throughout their development and school journey.


Communication and Language

  • Listening and attention
  • Speaking
  • Understanding

Physical Development

  • Health and self care
  • Moving and handling

Personal, social and emotional development

  • Making relationships
  • Self confidence
  • Self awareness
  • Managing feelings and behaviour

Understanding the world

  • People and communities
  • Technology
  • The World


  • Reading 
  • Writing

Expressive art and design

  • Exploring using media and materials
  • Being imaginative 


  • Number
  • Space, shape and measure


Development Matters – A guide to the EYFSEarly Learning Goals Parent and Carers Guide.pdf

Look at this document for ways to support your child’s learning at home.