EYFS Curriculum

reception pupils playing with a toy carpark

In the reception year all children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS).  There are four guiding themes of the early years foundation stage starting with A unique child – positive relationships – enabling environments all supporting the learning and development of your child.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) is how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through seven areas of learning and development. Children should mostly develop the three prime areas first. These are:

  • Personal, social and emotional development (PSED)
  • Communication and language (CL)
  • Physical development (PD).

These are the prime areas of learning and are essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in four specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design.

These seven areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The class teams teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This curriculum is suitable for very young children and is designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child’s unique needs and interests and take into account your child’s Special Needs.

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.


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

For more information please view our EYFS Policy on the school policies page. You may also find useful information at www.foundationyears.org.uk.