​Early Years Foundaton Stage

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We firmly believe that the unique child learns through actively engaging with other people and their environment.  The characteristics of effective learning drive learning and development across all areas.  How children learn and what children learn are all important factors of a child's development and are interconnected. 
The new Development Matters in the EYFS is outlined below to allow you to see what we will be aiming for during the important first year of your child's school career. 


​How Children Learn

Playing and exploring
  • finding out and exploring
  • playing with what they know
  • being willing to have a go

Active learning

  • being involved and concentrating
  • enjoying achieving what they set out to do
  • keeping trying

Creating and thinking critically

  • having their own ideas
  • making links
  • choosing ways to do things

​What Children Learn

Prime areas of learning and developing
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (Making Relationships; Self-confidence & Awareness; Managing Feelings & Behaviour)
  • Communication and Language (Listening & Attention; Understanding; Speaking)
  • Physical Development (Moving & Handling; Health and Self-care)

Specific areas of learning and development

  • Mathematics (Numbers; Shape; Space & Measures)
  • Literacy (Reading; Writing)
  • Understanding the World (People & Communities; The World; Technology)
  • Expressive Arts and Design (Exploring & Using Media & Materials; Being Imaginative)