Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework, sets out the standards for development, learning and care of children from birth to five. It is important that all children are given the opportunity to experience the best possible start to their education. We need to ensure that our pupils enter school having established solid foundations on which they can build. Pupils will start in our Foundation class having had a range of different experiences.


Within the Foundation Year, learning experiences of the highest quality are planned, considering children’s needs and achievements and the range of learning experiences that will help them make

progress. Well-planned play is a key way in which children learn with enjoyment and challenge, both within the indoor and outdoor learning environments. The Foundation Stage prepares our pupils for learning in Key Stage 1 and is consistent with the National Curriculum.


In the Reception Year, the curriculum is planned and resourced to take children’s learning forward and to provide opportunities for all

children to succeed in an atmosphere of care and of feeling valued. The curriculum is designed to ignite children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and to build their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. It is planned in seven areas of learning and development; all areas are important and inter-connected.

Communication & Language

“…development involves giving 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..”  (EYFS Statutory Framework 2012: 5)

Physical Development

“…involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.” (EYFS Statutory Framework 2012: 5)

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

“…involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.” (EYFS Statutory Framework 2012: 5)


“…development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.” (EYFS Statutory Framework 2012: 5)


“Mathematics involves providing children with 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.” (EYFS Statutory Framework 2012: 5)

Understanding the World

“…involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.” (EYFS Statutory Framework 2012: 5)

Expressive Art & Design

“…involves enabling children to 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.” (EYFS Statutory Framework 2012: 5)

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