Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The EYFS Curriculum is provided to our children in the Reception class. The curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning:

Prime Areas of Learning:
° Communication and Language
° Physical Development
° Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Specific Areas of Learning:
° Literacy
° Mathematics
° Understanding the World
° Expressive Arts & Design


Teaching and learning is carefully planned in all these key areas. The curriculum is organised to be practical and engaging and takes place within a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Learning through play has a high priority.

When can my child attend the Reception Class?

Children who have their fifth birthday between September the 1st and August the 31st are admitted full time in our Reception class in September.

Parents MUST apply to North Yorkshire Local Authority for a place in the Reception class.

Communication and Language

Children are provided with opportunities to communicate with both adults and children; practising and developing their range of vocabulary and communication. They are encouraged to explore, enjoy and learn about words.

Physical Development

Physical development is encouraged through opportunities for children to improve their skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement. Physical activity is encouraged and children are supported in developing an understanding of the importance of physical activity and making healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children are provided with experiences and support, which will help them to develop a positive sense of themselves and of others. They will be supported in learning to respect each other, to have good social skills and a positive disposition to learn. There is a strong emphasis on sharing fairly, taking turns and expressing emotions clearly and appropriately.


Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials in order to ignite their interest.


Children develop their understanding and awareness of mathematics through opportunities to investigate number, measurements, pattern, shape and calculation. The children sing songs, and are encouraged to complete practical activities to gain an understanding of counting, number recognition and the mathematical language needed to solve simple problems

Understanding the World

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. This is done through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people who are important to them as well as those that live in their local community. Throughout the year we aim to develop the children’s awareness and a respect for the cultures and beliefs of other people from around the world. The children will be provided with opportunities to find out about past events in their own lives and are encouraged to be interested in the natural and man-made world around them. Children have opportunities to explore age appropriate technology and complete simple computer programmes.

Expressive Arts and Design

Children’s creativity is encouraged by supporting their curiosity, exploration and play. They are given the opportunity to explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings, through art, music, movement, dance, imaginative and role play activities and design technology.