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Stowford School

Stowford School

EYFS Curriculum

Children from nursery into school start with the Early Years foundation Stage Curriculum.  Children are provided with a stimulating learning environment which encourages learning through play – a fundamental part of early learning. The school uses the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum to plan learning opportunities in the following areas:


Characteristics of Learning

Prime Areas

Specific Areas

 Playing and exploring – engagement

 Finding out and exploring

 Playing with what they know

 Being willing to ‘have a go’


Active learning – motivation

 Being involved and concentrating

 Keeping trying

 Enjoying achieving what they set out to do


Creating and thinking critically – thinking

 Having their own ideas

 Making links

 Choosing ways to do things



 Personal, Social and Emotional Development

 Making relationships

 Self-confidence and self-awareness

 Managing feelings and behaviour


Physical Development

 Moving and handling

 Health and self-care


Communication and Language

 Listening and attention

 Understanding

 Speaking





 Reading

 Writing



 Numbers

 Shape, space and measure


Understanding of the world

 People and communities

 The world

 Technology


Expressive Arts and Design

 Exploring and using media and materials

 Being imaginative




Children cover this curriculum through a range of exciting play opportunities both inside and outside in engaging topics such as ‘Nursery Rhymes’ and ‘Dinosaurs’.








Approach to the Curriculum


At Stowford School we teach the National Curriculum through topics because we believe that by linking learning in a meaningful way that children are able to understand and deepen their learning.  We link our English and maths in a cross curricular way wherever possible.  Foundation subjects such as history and geography are linked. 


In KS2 we teach French as a foreign language.


To see the exciting topics that children study please look at our curriculum map (link below). You will see that children can choose a topic themselves for half a term. Recent popular choices have been: Harry Potter, Star Wars, ‘Game On’ (Computer Games).