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Early Years Foundation Stage

We firmly believe that the unique child learns through actively engaging with other people and their environment. The characteristics of effective learning, drive learning and development across all areas. How children learn and what children learn are all important factors of a child’s development and are interconnected. We follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years (DFE) and use the supporting materials from Development Matters in the EYFS (Early Education), which is outlined below to allow you to see what we aim for during the important first years of your child’s school career.

How children learn:

What children learn:

Playing and exploring

  • finding out and exploring
  • playing with what they know
  • being willing to have a go

Active learning

  • being involved and concentrating
  • enjoying achieving what they set out to do
  • keeping trying

Creating and thinking critically

  • having their own ideas
  • making links
  • choosing ways to do things


Prime areas of learning and developing

  • Personal, Social and Emotional development(Making relationships; Self-confidence & awareness; Managing feelings & behaviour)
  • Communication and Language (Listening & attention; Understanding; Speaking)
  • Physical development(Moving & handling; Health and self-care)

Specific areas of learning and development

  • Mathematics (Numbers; Shape, space & measures)
  • Literacy (Reading; Writing)
  • Understanding the world (People & communities; The world; Technology)
  • Expressive arts and design (Exploring & using media & materials; Being imaginative)

Please find a list of recommended website links for this curriculum area. These are sites we use in school time with the children and some we think you may find useful at home. We have no control over what is listed on these sites so we advise you to check before using, and note we are not responsible for game content.