Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum EYFS

Nursery and Reception Classes

The Early Years classes are set up in a similar way to give the children lots of familiar experiences. It is designed to build on children’s skills and achievements. The outdoor area for learning is given equal importance in the daily learning experiences. The children are able to choose indoor or outdoor activities.

Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The Early Years Curriculum for Nursery and Reception age children enables practitioners to give children the best possible start to learning and school life. It focuses on encouraging children to learn and develop by playing and exploring, through active learning and creative thinking.

The areas of Learning and Development are made up of

Prime Areas

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

Physical Development

Communication & Language Development.

Specific Areas



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design


Prime Areas of Development

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

(Making Relationships, Self -confidence and Self-awareness)

This is a key element of learning in the EYFS and relates to enabling children to gain independence by selecting their own resources and activities, turn taking and sharing in different situations.

Children play co-operatively, taking account of each other’s ideas, needs and feelings.

Physical Development

(Moving & Handling and Health & Self-care)

Using the outdoor environment to develop gross motor skills, Running, Jumping, skipping, climbing, kicking and throwing.

Using small and large equipment, cutting, drawing, threading etc. take place indoors and outdoors. These develop motor skills leading to formal writing.

Children understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle that relates to regular physical exercise, a good diet as well as self-help skills e.g. dressing/ undressing, using the toilet alone and lunchtime routines for reception children.

Communication and Language Development

(Listening & Attention, Understanding and Speaking)

Children listen attentively in a range of situations such as individually, large & small groups and amongst peers and adults.

Also children are encouraged to develop conversational skills such as commenting and asking and answering questions.


Specific Areas of Development

Literacy- Reading and Writing

This relates to sharing stories, poems rhymes and factual books, reading in small and large groups. Children are taught daily phonics to develop both reading and writing skills. Children begin to read simple sentences and through developing similar writing skills by mark making using phonics skills and expressing their ideas.

Opportunities for mark-making is built into play based writing activities i.e. shopping lists, telephone pads, clipboards, chalk, and paint.

Mathematics- Numbers, Shape, Space and Measure

Sorting and describing objects, making patterns, joining in with number rhymes, weighing and measuring, using money, practical activities in sand, water and role play e.g. shop areas. Exploring shapes in a variety of situations. Children count reliably with numbers from 1-20 and in practical situations solve addition and subtraction problems.

Understanding the World- People and Communities, The World and Technology

Interactive activities/games on the computer, developing mouse control. Learning about different cultures and beliefs, celebrating a range of festivals during the year.

Learning about living things through first hand observation, exploring and appreciating the environment.

Expressive Arts & Design-Exploring and using Media & Materials and Being Imaginative.

Children experience singing, chanting, experimenting with a variety of percussion instruments. Daily opportunities to paint, collage & make models. Finding out how to mix paint and join things together. Children use imaginative play in role-play areas, dens, café or shop. A wide variety of dance & drama and musical activities are accessed.


File icon: pdf EYFS Parents Guide [pdf 725KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf EYFS STATUTORY FRAMEWORK 2017 [pdf 551KB] Click to download

New Parent's Documentation

Please access our new parent's information by selecting from the documents below.

File icon: pdf St Mary's EYFS Key Information [pdf 870KB] Click to download
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File icon: pdf New Parents Meeting Presentation - Reception [pdf 1MB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Booklet for New Parents [pdf 1MB] Click to download

EYFS Religious Education

As a Catholic School the children learn about the Catholic Faith this is based around Jesus, his life and his teachings.

The children are encouraged to live their lives as Jesus lived his e.g. being kind, caring and sharing with each other.

All children learn that they are talented and unique individuals who have a great contribution to make to the world in their own right.

Children say prayers daily in class and they go to assemblies in the school hall. They also go to mass in church at key points during the year. Nursery children do not go to mass or assemblies until Christmas time. This is to give them time to settle and become more confident around school.