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Early Years

In the Early Years Foundation Stage children learn through structured and free play with planned purposeful activities that provide opportunities for teaching and learning both indoors and outdoors.

The environment is rich and stimulating and adults provide high quality care and appropriate intervention to encourage exploration, planning and decision-making to enable children to learn, develop and make good progress. There is a focus on utilising multi-sensory aspects of learning and games to acquire phonics knowledge and concepts of number.


The Early Years (Reception) Curriculum

The curriculum in Reception is structured to take account of the different stages children are at when they start school.  Children are initially taught and assessed by the principles and content of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, which is designed for under fives in schools, nursery schools and playgroups.

The curriculum consists of a series of stepping stones towards the achievement of Early Learning Goals and consists of:

Communication & Language Personal, Social & Emotional Development Literacy
  • Listening and Attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking
  • Self-confidence and Self Awareness
  • Managing feelings and behaviour
  • Making relationships
  • Reading
  • Writing
Mathematical Development Physical Development
  • Numbers
  • Space, shapes and measures
  • Moving and Handling
  • Health and Self Care
Knowledge and Understanding Creative Development
  • People and Communities
  • The World
  • Technology
  • Exploring using media and materials
  • Being Imaginative

For further information please see the EYFS policy available on our policy pages.  Additional DfE information can be found here.