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Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

We believe our children’s first experience of school forms the foundation from which all learning behaviours and attitudes begin. Therefore it is crucial that children and families feel confident, safe and secure in the knowledge that we provide learning experiences with the highest of expectations which engage and excite our children.

The EYFS curriculum ensures children develop across the Prime and Specific areas of learning which include both the social and emotional aspects of learning as well as more academic areas (see overview). Alongside the Early Years curriculum, we celebrate our children’s ability to ‘Learn to Learn’ through the use of our ‘ELLI’ characters which each focus upon different learning behaviours including resilience, creativity, working together.

We believe children have a ‘window of opportunity’ during the early stages of learning and it is our role to ensure every opportunity is available to embed the basics skills of reading, writing and maths. This commitment is reflected through quality teaching and responses to children’s needs as well as ensuring children read daily at home and school.

Our close partnership with families and nurseries allow us to reflect upon our practice and gain an understanding of where our children begin as well as giving us an insight into what will ‘make learning irresistible’ to them. This allows us to start the reception year with learning experiences which interest and challenge our children. As a child what do you remember? We aim to make learning as purposeful and memorable as possible! We have a number of events that take place throughout the year to enhance our curriculum, including: visits from local ‘People Who Help Us’ including a GP, Dental Hygienist, vet and police officer; a visit to Bristol Zoo and parents being invited to WOW events such as a ‘Bug Ball' and 'Family trees'.

The EYFS have their own curriculum which was changed by the DfE for the start of 2021. It is partly teacher-led and partly child-initiated.  The framework is divided into different sections

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 thing


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







Space, shape and measure

Understanding the World

People and communities

The world