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The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

The curriculum for the Early Years Foundation Stage includes seven areas of learning. This consists of three prime areas and four specific.

Prime areas


Specific areas

Communication and Language

Physical development

Personal, Social and Emotional development


Mathematical development


Understanding of the World

Expressive Arts


During the children’s time in Nursery the prime areas are the core areas they work on. Once the children enter Reception the seven areas of learning have equal importance. Our children’s learning experiences enable them to develop competency and skills across these areas of learning. Reception children will be taking part in daily mathematics and literacy lessons (including Read Write Inc phonics lessons). In order to meet the needs of the children, these lessons become more structured as the year progresses.


The Department for Education has introduced the new reception baseline, a baseline assessment that is completed at the start of the reception year. The baseline data is being used to improve how the DfE measure primary schools’ progress. At Rough Hay we will be using the Early Excellence Baseline assessment tool. As part of our everyday practice practitioners will build their knowledge of each child through their observations, interactions and every day activities. We will use this professional knowledge to make a series of judgments about each child based on a clear set of assessment criteria.

Throughout the year the children are assessed against Development Matters ages and stages. At the end of Reception the children are assessed against seventeen Early Learning Goals. Information about if the children are working at an emerging, expected or exceeding level is sent to the local authority.


Play in Early Years Foundation Stage

Through play the children explore and develop learning experiences that help them make sense of the world. They practise and build up their ideas, learn how to control themselves, and begin to understand the need for rules. They have the opportunity to think creatively both alongside other children and on their own. They communicate with others as they investigate and solve problems.