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Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage


At Hillborough Infant and Nursery School; we believe that Early Years is the start of an educational journey for our children.

Admission into school is staggered, as it allows small groups of children time to settle in. We focus on learning rules and routines, and allow them time to make new relationships. Children in our Nursery and Reception classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS).

Children learn through child-led and adult initiated activities, and first-hand experiences. All members of staff observe and support the children.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is divided into seven areas, and teaching and learning is split between Prime and Specific Areas of Learning.

The Prime Areas are:-

Communication and Language- including speaking and listening, and understanding.

Physical Development- including fine (hand control and writing) and gross motor skills. This area also includes toileting, healthy eating and independently dressing and undressing (including coats and zips).

Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

The Specific Areas of Learning are:-

Literacy- including reading, writing and phonics.

Numeracy- including mathematical development and shape, space and measures.

Understanding the World- including people and communities, the world around us and technology.

Expressive Arts and Design- including role play, designing and making and outdoor learning.

Each of these areas are planned for daily, in adult-led and child-initiated play. Children have opportunities to take part in planned and purposeful play. Specific areas such as the reading room allow for opportunities for role play, writing, reading, retelling stories and real-life events to take place. The sand and water area allows for opportunities for water play, sand play (wet + dry) and creative work, for example building own models using natural resources. Our outdoor area allows for physical play, and opportunities to use the outdoor kitchen to enhance language and other skills taught during teacher-led activities.

All children in Nursery and Reception have opportunities for PE lessons in the school hall, ICT sessions in the ICT suite and also access to IPADS to support their learning. All children also attend celebration assemblies as part of the whole school assembly programme.