EYFS Curriculum

Statement of intent for curriculum in EYFS

In the Early Years Foundation Stage at St Mary’s RC Primary school and Nursery, we believe in providing a secure foundation for future learning and development for our pupils.  We continuously encourage pupils to be independent, curious, creative and resilient learners who show respect for each other, their communities and the environment. Through our teaching and learning approach, we develop pupils’ communication skills, ensuring that they know how to appropriately express themselves and feel heard.  By establishing effective and supportive relationships with pupils, our EYFS aims to ensure that pupils feel valued as individuals, are empowered to meet their own needs and enjoy their learning experiences whilst achieving the early learning goals.


What do we learn in the Early Years Foundation Stage?

In Early Years, we have lots of fun being busy! It is through our play that we learn all we need to know. Early Years education is a vital part in your child’s development to ensure they are developing in a safe, secure and happy environment. At St Mary’s children are given opportunities to investigate and explore a vast range of activities and experiences and are encouraged to ‘have a go’.


Both Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years curriculum which is split into seven areas of learning.

There are 3 prime areas of learning:

- Personal, social and emotional development 

- Communication and Language 

- Physical development 

There are four specific areas of learning:

- Literacy

- Maths

- Understanding the world

- Expressive arts and design


We teach these areas through a balance of focused tasks with an adult and through structured play within the areas of the classroom and outdoor area, which are enhanced with activities relating to our topic and the children’s interests. We teach a different topic each half term, which are based around a theme.


If you would like to see the curriculum map for each term as the year progresses, please visit the class page. You can also find photographs on the class pages to see the exciting things that we get up to in EYFS.



To see our EYFS Long Term Curriculum Plan for Nursery and Reception, please see the documents below:

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