Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

For children in our Nursery and Reception Class - Aged 3 – 5


Early Years at Castle Primary School builds on children's experiences at home. We recognise that children need opportunities to move and to explore within their surroundings using all of their senses, share opportunities to talk with adults/other children and to play with them, engage with new people and situations, and learn new skills.

We use Developmental Matters (non-statutory guidance material) to support implementing the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

There are seven areas of learning and development. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.

Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are: 

• communication and language
• physical development
• personal, social and emotional development

We also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:

• literacy
• mathematics
• understanding the world
• expressive arts and design

The areas of learning are delivered through planned, purposeful play with a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities. Learning takes place both in the classroom and outdoors. Staff work flexibly, based on the level of development of individual children.

Each half term topics are chosen that will develop skills and understanding in each of the seven areas. Progress is closely monitored by our experienced Early Years staff and recorded in individual pupil profiles and Learning Journeys. At the end of the foundation stage an EYFS profile will be completed for each child and shared with their parents/carers.

Basic number concepts are taught through counting, singing and play. The phonics programme Letters and Sounds is used to develop pre-reading skills and when ready, children are introduced to the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme. For children in Reception, mastery of their ‘key word' list will provide a firm foundation for further development of reading and writing skills. Children borrow books for reading at home and the use of reading diaries maintains good channels of communication between home and school, which is vital in order to re-enforce learning advances made at this age.


For further information please contact the school on 01782 433218 or email office@castleprimary.co.uk or our EYFS Lead Mrs Jo Jones (jojones@castleprimary.co.uk) with your request.

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Castle Primary School and Nursery

Mow Cop Road, Mow Cop, Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire, ST7 4NE

If you wish to request a paper copy of information on our website please use the school email.

Main Contact: Miss J Mason

Tel: 01782 433218

SEN Contact: Mrs Melanie Lord

SEN Email: melanielord@castleprimary.co.uk