Early Years

Early Years Foundation Stage

3 - 5 years of age

In Nursery and Reception our children are welcomed into a stimulating and creative environment where they have opportunities to experience a wide range of activities and to learn through play. Aside from developing communication, language and mathematical skills, the curriculum places emphasis on developing personal and social skills and becoming independent and determined learners.

We follow the British Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. The curriculum is based around four key principles:

  • every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
  • children learn to be independent and strong through positive relationships;
  • children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between school and home;
  • children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.

Children will learn to speak and express themselves, and to listen and respond in a range of situations, in a language rich environment. They will be encouraged to link sounds to letters and begin to read and write.


Practical activities will help children develop their mathematical understanding and numeracy skills. They will develop their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, solving simple problems and will learn to describe shapes, spaces, and measures. They will learn to understand simple mathematical vocabulary.

Children will learn how to work, play and co-operate with others. They will be encouraged to develop a positive sense of themselves and understand and manage their feelings. They will develop independence and a confidence in their own abilities.


Children will develop their physical control and co-ordination, as well as an awareness of space. They will develop an understanding of the importance of physical activity and will be encouraged to make healthy choices.

Children will learn about the features of the environment around them, as well as beginning to develop an understanding of people, places and technology in the wider world.

Through art, crafts, music, dance, drama and a wealth of other opportunities, children will learn to communicate and express ideas and feelings in a creative way.