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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

 Self-regulation

 Managing self

 Building relationships


Physical Development

 Gross motor skills

 Fine motor skills


Communication and Language

 Listening, attention and understanding

 Speaking





 Comprehension

 Word reading

 Writing



 Number

 Numerical Patterns


Understanding of the world

 Past and present

 People, culture and Communities

 The natural world


Expressive Arts and Design

 Creating with materials

 Being imaginative and expressive




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