Early Years Foundation Stage


How your child will be learning

The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework explains 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 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

Communication and Language

Physical Development

and Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child's healthy development and future learning.


As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:



Understanding the world

and Expressive arts and design

These 7 areas are used to plan your child's learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child's unique needs.

This is a bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's needs and interests. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outdoors. 


Foundation Stage Curriculum Overview

We operate a two year rolling programe in the Foundation Stage (Cycle A and Cycle B). Our planning is based on a question based theme approach but is flexible to allow child initiated interests to lead the learning.   

Please click on the link below to see the long term plan for both Cycles A and B.  

 Early Years Long Term Grid

 You will find more detail about each topic in the 'This Term' pages for Reception and Nursery pages.  Please also see the Topic work pages Reception and Nursery.


In addition to the topic approach to covering the curriculum, children also have weekly Literacy and Mathematics activities.  

Foundation Stage children also follow the whole school approach to teaching writing called 'Talk for Writing'.  

Please click here to read more about this approach.

Please click here to see the long term plan that Foundation Stage follow for Talk Writing.