EYFS Curriculum

 At St Agnes’ we recognise the importance of building a strong foundation and positive relationships for learning. We aim to create a nurturing, engaging and challenging environment for all children so that they can develop confidence, independence and a love of learning. We celebrate each child as a unique individual and work in partnership with parents to ensure the best outcomes for all children.
Children in our Nursery and Reception classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework. They learn by playing, exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outdoors.
In the EYFS Framework there are three Prime Areas of learning and development:
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
These Prime Areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
Children are also supported 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

All our children have access to a stimulating and challenging environment that has a strong emphasis on learning through play and first hand experiences. Our planning is based on the principle that children learn most effectively when they are interested and motivated by the activities they engage with. Therefore children’s individual interests are used as a basis for our planning. A balance of planned adult-led activities and child- initiated activities ensures developmentally appropriate differentiation and challenge.

EYFS Workshops