Early Years

Beaufort Primary School EYFS Curriculum

In Reception, we follow The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum which came into effect in September 2012. This framework provides a structure for provision of the highest standard of early education and care. It ensures that every child’s development is fully supported through the provision of strong foundations for their future life-long learning.

Through our personalised curriculum we aim:

  • * to support children to make a planned, confident transition from home to school;
  • *  to provide a happy, caring, safe and secure environment for learning;
  • *  to plan learning experiences that meet the individual needs and interests of the children through balanced provision of adult led and child initiated opportunities;
  • * to support children to become competent and confident learners so they are able to reach their full potential;
  • * to provide a broad and balanced high quality curriculum in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance;
  • * to foster positive home school links with parents and other care providers.

The EYFS is based upon four principles:

  1. every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
  2. children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
  3. children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or guardians; and
  4. children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

The EYFS is divided into seven areas of learning. The Prime Areas are:

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

The Specific Areas are:


* 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


All Areas of Learning are important and interconnected. Emphasis is put on cross-curricular activities so one activity is likely to cover a range of learning.

We support children in using the following three Characteristics of Learning:

  • Playing and exploring – children investigate, experience things and ‘have a go’.
  • Active learning – children concentrate, 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.