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Foundation stage

In the Early years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Clyst St Mary Primary School

our aims are: –


• to support children to make a planned, confident transition from home to school

• to provide a happy, caring, safe and secure environment for learning

• to plan learning experiences that meet the individual needs and interests of the children through a balanced provision of adult led and child initiated opportunities

• to support children to become competent and confident learners so they are able to reach their full potential

• to provide a broad and balanced high quality curriculum in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance

• to foster positive home school links with parents and other care providers.


We follow The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which came into effect in September 2012. This framework is a means of ensuring high standards of early education and care that will reassure parents that their child’s development is being fully supported.


The first stage of the EYFS curriculum begins at Clyst St Mary Primary School when children enter the Reception year The EYFS underpins all future learning by supporting and fostering the children’s personal, social and emotional wellbeing. It encourages positive attitudes and dispositions towards learning in the children and promotes learning through play.


The Early Years Foundation Stage is divided into the following areas of learning.


Prime Areas


Personal, Social and Emotional Development


• Making relationships

• Self-confidence and self-awareness

• Managing feelings and behaviour


Physical Development


• Moving and handling

• Health and self-care


Communication and Language


• Listening and attention

• Understanding

• Speaking


Specific areas




• Reading

• Writing




• Numbers

• Shape, space and measure


Understanding the World


• People and communities

• The world

• Technology


Expressive Arts and Design


• Exploring and using media and materials

• Being imaginative


At Clyst St Mary Primary School these areas of learning are enhanced with child led topics based on children’s interests and understanding of the world : Ourselves, Getting To Know Our Local Area, Animals, Festivals, Homes and Healthy Living. Much emphasis is put on cross-curricular activities so one activity is likely to cover a range of learning.

For example children building with bricks may cooperate together to carry the bricks, the children might negotiate the best place to put them and compare the size of different bricks. Therefore, they may be developing language, mathematical, physical, personal and social competencies through this one activity.


We plan our curriculum by providing a starting interest for children and then weekly planning develops in line with children’s progress and interests. We use observations of children’s learning and achievements to inform planning. Planning is differentiated throughout our Early Years and activities are planned to aid smooth transitions continuity and progression.


At the beginning of each term parents are issued with information about each topic.


All children in the EYFS at Clyst St Mary Primary School are encouraged to enjoy and share books with each other, individually and with an adult. All EYFS children have a timetabled slot in the library where they can enjoy a wide selection of books. A meeting is held for all Reception parents at the beginning of the Autumn Term to explain the EYFS and school life in general in detail. The Reception children use ‘Letters and Sounds’ which is a synthetic phonics approach to learning to read and write, and more information is given about this at that meeting.



Assessment in the Reception Class is done in line with the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ and staff observe the children to create a ‘Learning Journal’ which evidences the child’s progress through the Foundation Stage. Parents are invited in every half-term to see the journals and to add their own comments, although they can do this at any time. We also have two formal parents’ evenings during the year.


For more information about the Early Years Curriculum please visit their website