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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 taught and assessed by the principles and content of the Early Years Foundation Stage National Curriculum, which is designed for under-fives in schools, nursery schools and playgroups. To deliver a comprehensive, broad and exiting curriculum offer for our Reception children at Longthorpe, we have chosen to adopt and implement the United Learning curriculum.

Please click here for more information: EYFS Complete Curriculum (PDF version). 

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 Physical Development
  • Listening, Attention & Understanding
  • Speaking
  • Self-Regulation
  • Managing Self
  • Building Relationships
  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Fine Motor Skills
Mathematics Literacy 
  • Numbers
  • Numerical Patterns
  • Comprehension
  • Word Reading
  • Writing
Understanding the World Expressive Art & Design
  • Past and Present
  • People, Culture and Communities
  • The Natural World
  • Creating with Materials
  • Being Imaginative and Expressive


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