EYFS at Stratford-sub-Castle Primary School

At Stratford-sub-Castle Primary we understand that every child is unique and we are committed to developing each and every child, embracing learning that is led by the children themselves. We believe it is important to ignite a passion for learning so that the children are excited, engaged and eager to learn throughout their whole education.
We promote positive relationships with parents/carers and work in close partnership with them to ensure the interests of the children come first. 
We work very hard to provide an exciting and thriving learning environment both indoors and outdoors. We encourage the children to explore different aspects of learning through a range of continuous provision activities.
We want the children in our care to feel happy and safe at school, to flourish, to make good progress from their starting point and reach the Early Learning Goals by the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage. 

At Stratford-sub-Castle Primary we follow the Early Years Statutory Framework, as laid out by the Department for Education (DfE). This framework requires Early Years settings to focus on Prime areas and Specific areas of learning.  The Prime areas being: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, and Physical Development and the Specific areas being: Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World and Expressive Art and Design.

We use these 7 areas to plan activities to develop the children’s learning, however, we are flexible so we can meet the needs of the children. We promote active learning and strive to develop learning characteristics that are vital to support good learning behaviours.  These Characteristics of Effective Learning include:
Playing and Exploring – Children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’.
Active Learning – Children concentrate and persevere when 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.


For more information about the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, please click on the links below:

Development Matters 

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework

EYFS Long Term Plan