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Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Whitwick St John the Baptist aims to provide children with a positive, successful, enjoyable and developmentally appropriate learning experience, in a safe, healthy and secure environment. 

We aim to develop children’s self-confidence and independence as well as increasing their respect for themselves and others. We seek to develop positive attitudes towards learning where children demonstrate curiosity, persistence and self-motivation. We promote children’s appreciation of their own achievements and that of others.

EYFS Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is organised into 7 areas of learning:

Prime Areas


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

·         Making relationships

·         Self-confidence and self-awareness

·         Managing feelings and behaviour


Physical Development

·         Moving and handling

·         Health and self-care


Communication and Language

·         Listening and attention

·         Understanding

·         Speaking


Specific Areas



·         Reading

·         Writing


·         Numbers

·         Shape, space and measure

Understanding the World

·         People and communities

·         The world

·         Technology

Expressive Arts and Design

·         Exploring and using media and materials

·         Being imaginative



In planning and guiding children’s activities, we reflect on the different ways that children learn and support these in our practice. The three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:


·         Playing and exploring: children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’


·         Active learning: children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements


·         Creating and thinking critically: children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things