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Early years foundation stage curriculum

The early years environment is stimulating and exciting. Children get off to a flying start. A higher that national proportion of pupils achieve a good level of development, which prepares children well for Year 1.

Ofsted, 2017

We believe that the early years of develpment are the most important as this is when children form who they are as individuals.

At Someries Infant and Nursery School, Reception children begin school on a part-time basis initially, to settle them quickly and to develop good relationships. Children in our Nursery and Reception classes access the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. They engage in learning primarily through first hand experiences.

Within the Early Years Foundation Stage, learning concentrates on seven areas split between prime and specific areas of learning.

The prime areas of learning are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The specific areas of learning are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Each of these areas is implemented through planned and purposeful play, a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities. The children experience this exciting curriculum, both indoors and outdoors, and it is designed to meet the needs of young children. The curriculum is creative and play-based and challenges each child to achieve their individual potential. Whilst in Nursery and Reception, children are encouraged to become independent and active learners through effective teaching and learning opportunities. This is delivered through play and exploration. Active learning and creative thinking are critical to each child’s development.  We ensure that there is a balance of creative adult initiated activities, opportunities and resources for your child to initiate their own learning both indoors and outdoors. This inspires them to gain a curiosity of the world around them, develop their social skills and be motivated to try new activities.

A great emphasis is placed on the notion of play as it is through this means that children find stimulation, well-being and happiness.  To ensure that children are continually stimulated and interested, we plan and provide suitably challenging and motivating activities, responding to children’s individual interests and support them in these through careful and sensitive adult interactions.

Learning and teaching is planned to enable the majority of children to achieve the Early Learning Goals for each area of learning by the time they move from the Reception into Key Stage One. Children’s progress is regularly assessed so that staff can plan effectively to support the development of each child.

Children are given opportunities to talk and communicate in a widening range of situations, respond to adults and each other, listen carefully when appropriate and have opportunities to explore, enjoy and learn through a language-rich environment.

Children in the Foundation Stage engage in high quality learning experiences both indoors and outdoors.

Our early years outdoor learning environment

All Nursery and Recpetion pupils have continuous access to our bespoke early years outdoor learning environment which enables us to facilitate an increasingly flexible approach to the way we teach our youngest pupils.

Our early years outdoor learning environment includes features such as a giant water wall, an outdoor texture kitchen, a giant stage, a giant step-in sandpit, a bespoke workshop and large construction area, a private story-telling area, and an outdoor den making area

Learning Phases

Our curriculum is divided into three learning phases called:

  • Discover Learning Phase
  • Explore Learning Phase
  • Create Learning Phase

Within each learning phase, planned Prime Learning Challenges form the basis of teaching and learning within the areas of learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage and the curriculum subjects in Key Stage one.

Within each learning phase, Prime Learning Challenges within the Early Years Foundation Stage focus on the areas of learning identified below:




Communication and language



Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Understanding of the world

Understanding of the world

Expressive art and design

 Physical development