Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)


In the Early Years Foundation Stage at Whaplode C of E Primary School, we believe that all children are entitled to the best possible start in their school life. It is our intent that children who enter our EYFS have opportunities, experiences and support to develop physically, verbally, cognitively and emotionally whilst also embedding a positive attitude to school and a love of learning. We aim to work collaboratively with parents and carers to encourage independent, enthusiastic learners who thrive and reach their full potential.

Our EYFS curriculum aims to enable our children to be:

  • Competent and creative learners; who are curious about the world around them.
  • Secure and confident; who enjoy coming to school and learning new skills and knowledge building on their existing learning.
  • Skilful communicators; who connect with others through language and play, ensuring that they play in a vocab rich environment.

Our EYFS curriculum uses 5 Big Questions to create critical thinkers that make deep and meaningful connections between all areas of learning and create awe and wonder with their learning, Our curriculum will take children on a journey from exploring themselves to exploring the wonderful world of space and finally at their journey into Year 1.

Children will learn more and remember more as they progress through their early years, enriching their play and their conversations with the powerful knowledge in our curriculum.

Children in our Reception class follow the EYFS curriculum, which has seven main areas of learning.

The Prime Areas:-

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

The Specific Areas:-

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts

We aim to ensure the teaching of these areas of learning are practical and playful with support and challenge from adults in class sessions, small group sessions and working with individuals. There is a combination of adult-led sessions, as well as a wealth of stimulating continuous provision opportunities for children to access independently. Throughout all of these areas of learning and at the heart of the EYFS Curriculum are the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’. At Whaplode, we strive to develop these key characteristics of ‘Playing and Learning’, ‘Active Learning’ and ‘Thinking Critically’ in order to give the children the skills that they will continue to draw upon throughout their time at Whaplode, and beyond.

Our indoor and outdoor learning environments, and the resources within them, are regularly adapted to meet the different needs, and stages of development of the children. We aim to ensure that these areas are exciting and stimulating, offer opportunities for open-ended exploration, and are accessible to all children. The environments are developed to promote independence within all our children, allowing them to access all areas of the EYFS curriculum, with confidence, and enable them to motivate and challenge themselves in their learning.

Throughout the year, children are continually assessed through the use of accurate observations, and purposeful engagements. EYFS practitioners make professional judgements, which provide us with information for future planning; for both individual classes, and individual children’s next steps in their learning. They enable us, as EYFS practitioners, to ensure learning is embedded and consistent, and that all children continue to make good progress, and reach their full potential within our EYFS setting.

We recognise that parents are children’s first and most enduring educators and we value the contribution they make. We recognise the role that parents have played, and their future role, in educating the children. We invite parents, carers and siblings in to enjoy our EYFS environments and curriculum and welcome their input in their child’s learning journey.

Please see below for more information about our EYFS curriculum: