EYFS (Reception & Nursery)


What is the intention of the curriculum in the EYFS at High Lane Primary School?

The Early Years Curriculum at High Lane aims to provide children with meaningful experiences and the foundations for their educational journey. We endeavour to embed the school's core values, through the seven areas of learning from the EYFS Curriculum.

We provide a nurturing learning environment that fosters positive relationships and values the whole child. Through a balance of teacher led activities and play based exploration, our children develop the characteristics of effective learning to become curious, confident and active learners. We believe, that children’s well-being and mental health is central to their growth and development. By providing enriching learning experiences and developing early skills to become lifelong learners, our children engage in a broad and balanced start to their learning journey. We regularly make use of our beautiful school grounds to explore nature and provide outdoor learning experiences.

Our aims within the seven areas of learning are:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Learning intentions

• Develop a sense of responsibility and membership of the community.
• To become confident with social interactions.
• Resolve conflict by finding solutions.
• To identify and moderate their own feelings socially and emotionally.
• Become resilient and become independent learners.
• To continue to gain an understanding of rules and why they are important.
• Developing and increasing understanding of how others may be feeling.
• To become increasingly aware of how to manage their own hygiene needs.
• Make healthy choices to support their health and well-being.

Physical Development

Learning intentions

• To develop movement, balancing, riding and ball skills.
• Use and strengthen large-muscle movements.
• Develop fine motor-skills through the use of a range of tools.
• How to work effectively in a team and take part in group activities.
• Identify pattern and sequences of movement which relate to music and rhythm.
• Continue to develop independence in dressing, preparing and managing their school day.

Communication & Language

Learning intentions

• Develop a love of reading by listening to and engaging with a variety of stories.
• Talk about events in my past and my interests using a wide range of vocabulary.
• Understanding questions and instructions.
• Learn, listen and engage with rhymes and songs.
• Develop an understanding of how to speak in sentences and apply this to conversation and to express thoughts and feelings.


Learning intentions for three and Four-Year-Olds

• Understand the concepts of print.
• Develop phonological awareness.
• Engage in extended conversations about stories.
• Learn new vocabulary.
• Develop early writing skills.

Learning intentions for Reception

• Read individual letters by saying sounds for them.
• Blend sounds into words.
• Read some letter groups and common exception words.
• Re-read books to build confidence, fluency, enjoyment and understanding.
• Form lower-case and capital letters correctly.
• Write short sentences checking their understanding and meaning.


Learning intentions

• Develop an understanding of number including; counting, subitising, comparing, recognition, representation, and addition & Subtraction.
• Experiment with their own symbols and marks, including numerals.
• Identifying and compare one more/less and more/fewer than, using the correct mathematical language.
• Understand, describe and select shapes using mathematical language and developing spatial awareness.
• Understand and describe positioning.
• Describe and discuss routes and locations.
• Compare shape, size, length, weight and capacity.
• Identify and talk about patterns, including spotting mistakes and extending.
• Draw on and apply mathematical concepts to solve real world problems.
• Begin to describe a sequence of events; using words like first, then.

Expressive Arts and Design

Learning intentions

• Develop ideas and designs and explore artistic effects.
• Explore, select and join different materials and explore a variety of textures.
• Explore colour mixing.
• Take part in pretend play and develop their story lines.
• Use imagination to construct.
• Listening to and exploring instruments to express feelings and ideas.
• Engage in music making and dance, performing solo and in groups.
• Remember and sing entire songs, increasingly following the pitch and matching the melody.

Understanding the World

Learning intentions

• Using all of our senses in hands-on exploration of natural materials and the world around them.
• Beginning to make sense of their own life-story, developing the ability to talk about family members and familiar people.
• Talk about what they see, developing and increasing vocabulary.
• Show interest in different occupations.
• Explore how things work.
• Understand the key features of the life cycle of a plant and an animal.
• Build respect for growing and living things.
• Explore and talk about different forces they can feel.
• Describe the differences between materials and changes they notice.
• Continue to develop positive attitudes and understand differences between people and that some places are special to members of the community.
• Observe and understand the effects of changing seasons and the natural worlds.
• Recognise and discuss that there are similarities and differences between countries.
• Draw information from a simple map.
• Compare and contrast characters from stories including figures from the past.
• Recognise that people have different beliefs and celebrate special times in different ways.

More information on the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum can be found at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1007446/6.7534_DfE_Development_Matters_Report_and_illustrations_web__2_.pdf











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