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EYFS Curriculum

All children in Nursery and Reception classes follow the statutory EYFS curriculum which is based on four themes:

  • A unique child
  • Positive relationships
  • Enabling environments
  • Learning and development

The characteristics of effective learning and the prime and specific areas of learning and development are all inter-connected:

Characteristics of Effective Learning

Playing and exploring – engagement 

·         Finding out and exploring
·         Playing with what they know
·         Being willing to ‘have a go’ 


Active Learning – motivation 
·         Being involved and concentrating
·         Keeping trying
·         Enjoying achieving what they set out to do 


Creating and thinking critically – thinking 
·         Having their own ideas
·         Making links
·         Choosing ways to do things 



Area of Learning and Development

Prime Areas
Personal, Social and Emotional Development Making relationships
Self-confidence and self-awareness
Managing feelings and behaviour
Physical Development Moving and handling
Health and self-care
Communication and Language Listening and attention
Specific Areas
Literacy Reading
Mathematics Numbers
Shape, space and measure
Understanding the World People and communities
The world
Expressive Arts and Design Exploring and using media and materials
Being imaginative


We provide a balance of adult and child-initiated learning and activities take place both indoors and outdoors every day.

Children begin a phonics programme in Nursery which leads on into Key Stage 1.  Guided reading sessions start in Reception.