What is the EYFS curriculum? 
The Development Matters document explains exactly what the children have to achieve and how we can all work together to help children to do so. 

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The EYFS curriculum is separated into seven areas of learning. The children learn through play to develop their skills in all seven areas. 

Practitioners working with the youngest children in Nursery will focus strongly on the three prime areas, which are the basis for successful learning in the other four specific areas. The three prime areas reflect the key skills and capacities all children need to develop and learn effectively, and become ready for school. The balance will shift towards a more equal focus on all areas of learning as the children move through the Early Years and grow in confidence and ability within the three prime areas.

The Prime areas are:

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

The specific areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

St Pius X EYFS Curriculum

We believe that children have a large role to play in their learning. They have a role in planning what they learn about and what the continuous provision will include. The children have opportunities in their key worker groups to discuss what they have learnt and experienced in the setting and how they can develop their learning further. 

Thematic work ensures that play is purposeful. The children’s learning is based around topics linked to their interests and to the seasons and opportunities around us. We ensure that the classroom environments are stimulating and interesting. The resources are labelled and organised well and changed to ensure that the continuous provision is engaging. We place a high value on open ended questioning, ensuring that every child is challenged and moved forward in their learning.

We offer opportunities to develop an understanding of the world around them through thematic work, outdoor play and visits to other places. We want the children to have new and different experiences from home. 

We value our parent partnerships at St Pius X. The parents regularly attend Stay and Play sessions, trips, parent’s evenings, new starters meetings and Reception starters meetings. These sessions ensure that parents and staff can share key information about the children’s learning.

"The relatively new early years leader has improved provision substantially... and adults intervene in children's learning to make it more challenging." (Philip Riozzi, Her Majesty's Inspector)