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Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum covers the following areas through a range of Topic Based themes:


1. Personal, Social & Emotional Development

  • Building Confidence to choose activities and discuss ideas
  • Build awareness of needing help, and confidence to ask
  • Confidence to speak in a group of familiar peers
  • Working as part of a group, following rules where appropriate
  • Forming positive relationships with peers and adults
  • Playing co-operatively, taking turns


2. Communication & Language

  • Listening attentively, including while completing tasks
  • Listening to stories and responding to prompts and ideas
  • Following instructions to carry out activities
  • Expression of ideas, including real-life and fictional ideas
  • Using past, present and future forms of language


3. Physical Development

  • Developing control and coordination of movement
  • Handling equipment and tools, including for writing
  • Learning about healthy diet and exercise
  • Managing their own hygiene and personal needs


4. Literacy

  • Use phonics to decode straightforward words
  • Read simple sentences
  • Discuss what has been read
  • Use phonics knowledge to write simple words and sentences


5. Mathematics

  • Count reliably with numbers up to 20
  • Use counting on and number knowledge for simple addition
  • Begin to recognise and describe simple patterns
  • Use everyday language to talk about size, position, time, etc
  • Use mathematical language to describe shapes and objects


6. Understanding the World

  • Talk about events in teir own lives and that of their family
  • Know about similarities and differences between communities
  • Talk about similarities and differences between objects
  • Make observations of plants and animals
  • Recognise that technology is used in homes and schools


7. Expressive Arts and Design

  • Experiment with songs, music and dance
  • Use a range of artistic materials, tolls and techniques
  • Work imaginatively to create new works
  • Represent ideas through art, music, role-play, dance and stories