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EYFS Curriculum & Guidance

Our Early Years Curriculum

Nursery & Reception


In the Early Years we have a Spiral Curriculum approach to directed learning inputs, enabling children to revisit a variation of topics throughout their school career, learning at deeper levels and complexity over time, all of which are closely linked to different literature. This enables a child's prior knowledge to be utilized so that they can build from their foundations rather than starting anew. The curriculum has been designed to cover all aspects of the Development Matters Guidance - Non-statutory curriculum guidance for the early years foundation stage, whilst keeping the children's interests at it's core. Child-initiated play gives children the freedom to choose what they play with, as well as how and when they do so. This allows a child to control the direction and narrative of their play experiences, benefiting the child's initiative, confidence, creativity and innovation. We apply this approach to our outdoor 'Busy Learning' sessions.


We plan and deliver learning using the EYFS Framework. This covers the seven areas of learning:


Prime Areas (these underpin all areas of learning);

Personal, Social and Emotional Development


Communication & Language

Physical Development


Specific Areas;



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design


As the children transition into Key Stage 1 (KS1), children will begin to undertake the Dimensions Curriculum, ’Learning Means the World’, at a greater level. In the Early Years, we're known as 'Explorers'. We use aspects of this curriculum throughout the academic year in the Early Years. We believe our curriculum reflects the real world and is brave, forward thinking and relevant. We enthusiastically believe that young children learn best through play and exploration so wherever possible we offer children the opportunity to experience real life events that are linked to their learning.


In Year 1 we plan and deliver learning using the National Curriculum and implement continuous provision throughout all subjects and throughout the school day. The outdoor environment is fully embraced in both the EYFS and Year 1, and children have access to learning outdoors all year round.


Please click the PDF links below to learn more about our Early Years Curriculum.