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Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

Children starting at Stillington School enjoy a wide variety of activites in a caring, stimulating and safe environment. We follow the EYFS Curriculum which is divided into seven areas of development. This is split into three prime areas and four specific areas.

Prime Areas

Personal, Social and Emotional development

Physical Development

Communication & Language

Specific Areas



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design


An introduction to our curriculum

As children enter our Reception Year they work within the Areas of Learning.  These areas are part of the Early Years Foundation Stage that guides children from birth to 5 years of age.  We use the Read, Write Inc. Reading Scheme to help children learn the 44 phonic letter sounds and develop their understanding of reading different text types.

 Educational programmes must involve activities and experiences for children, as follows.

  •  Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
  • Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
  • Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
  • Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
  • Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
  • Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
  • Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.


Please click here to view the Key Stage 2 Termly Overview - Autumn 2019