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Alma Primary School

Alma Primary School

Early Years

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

'Children in the early years benefit from the OUTSTANDING provision in the Nursery and in the Reception classes' (Ofsted 2015).

In our Early Years Foundation Stage we aim to stimulate and encourage children’s development and establish a love of learning within a safe and secure environment.

The Foundation Stage Curriculum is based on seven areas of learning consisting of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language, Literacy, Mathematics, Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding the World.
All children learn across the seven areas of learning and they learn through their play with a combination of child initiated and teacher led learning opportunities both indoors and in our amazing outdoor areas.  Children are observed during play in order to assess their stage of development and in order to plan for their next steps and their future learning.

We use Development Matters and The Early Years Outcomes to plan purposeful play opportunities which create the enabling environment necessary for the children to display the Characteristics of Effective Learning.

We see parents/carers as having an important role in this process and staff meet regularly with them to discuss their children's needs.  We also provide regular parent/carer workshops on phonics, reading and maths and how to support their children at home.  Our regular Story Cafés are particularly well attended and parents/carers/aunties/uncles and grandparents have all been known to thoroughly enjoy sharing the activities on offer and the opportunity to work with their children. 

We teach phonics and reading through the Read Write Inc Programme, we also provide parent workshops on this.  We teach Maths through the MathsMastery Scheme of Work.

To read our Early Years Foundation Stage Policy click on the link below.





  1. Early Years Foundation Stage Policy