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The Curriculum



The EYFS Curriculum


 In reception our Foundation Stage children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework  (EYFS).  This curriculum is based upon four guiding principles.  These are:


  • every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured


  • children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships


  • children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them to build their learning over time. Children benefit from a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.


  • importance of learning and development. Children develop and learn at different rates. (See “the characteristics of effective teaching and learning” at paragraph 1.15). The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning:


  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


Characteristics of Effective Learning:

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically


At Fulwood and Cadley we aim to provide a coherent curriculum that provides a clear focus for learning and draws together relevant activities which contribute to the development of the whole child.  Thus, children are able to use and extend what they know, can do and understand, within a realistic context.


In all we do, we aim to encourage a warm, happy and caring atmosphere.  Children are encouraged to strive towards their individual goals.  Together, we aim to promote a caring and stimulating environment in which all children can develop into independent, caring, creative, tolerant and responsible people.