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Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking, which takes place both indoors and outside. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:


Communication and language

  • Listening, Understanding and Attention
  • Speaking

Physical development

  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Fine Motor Skills

Personal, social and emotional development

  • Self-Regulation
  • Managing Self
  • Building Relationships


These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in the 4 specific areas. These are:



  • Word Reading
  • Comprehension
  • Writing


  • Number
  • Numerical Patterns

Understanding the World

  • People, Culture and Communities
  • Past and Present
  • The Natural World

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Creating with Materials
  • Being Imaginative and Expressive



These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. Learning takes place through a combination of whole class teaching, group activities and child initiated play and exploration. Each teacher will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. 

Throughout the Year, the children will also develop 'Characteristics of Effective Learning':

Playing and Exploring


Finding out and exploring

Playing with what they know

Being willing to have a go.

Active Learning


Being involved and concentrating

Keep trying

Enjoy achieving what they set out to do. 

Creative and Critical thinking


Having their own ideas

Making links

Working with ideas






An overview of the work being carried out in EYFS 


In R.E. our topics in the Autumn Term are:

Myself -The children will learn about God’s love for each one of us.

Welcome -The children will learn how we are invited into God’s family at Baptism.

Birthday -The children will learn we celebrate the birth of Jesus.


In R.E. our topics in the Spring Term are:

Celebrating -We will be learning about the importance of Jesus being born, and how the parish and our families celebrate.

Gathering -We will be learning that it is a time to be like Jesus as we prepare for Holy Week and Easter. The children will learn how we gather together at Mass to listen to the word of God.

Growing -We will be learning about spring and new life as we learn that Jesus rose from the dead to go to live with God in heaven.


In R.E. our topics in the Summer Term are:

Good News -We will learn about the story of Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Friends -We will learn to explore our own friendships and to know that God offers us forgiveness and that we should forgive others.

Our World -We will learn about people all around the world. We will learn that the world is God’s gift for us to enjoy.


Using Development Matters as a planning tool, we will be developing upon and applying the following skills when the children first come into school:




We will then continue to develop and apply the following throughout the rest of the year:

Towards the end of the year, we will be developing and applying the following: