Click to download: EYFS National Curriculum | EYFS curriculum statement

The Early Years Foundation Stage refers to the provision in school for reception children. We follow the EYFS Framework which explains how and what children will be learning from birth to 5 years old. This curriculum provides the foundations that children need in order to develop and make the most of their abilities as they grow.

Children’s early years’ experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure, and support their development, care and learning needs. Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. At Willoughby, we are committed to providing a high quality early years’ education, which gives children a secure and confident start to their school life, nurturing a lifelong love of learning. We are fully committed to the purpose and aims of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.

Children will learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

– Communication and language (Listening and Attention, Understanding, Speaking)

– Physical development (Moving and Handling, Health and Self-Care)

– Personal, social and emotional development (Managing Feelings and Behaviour, Self

– Confidence and Self Awareness, Making Relationships)

These prime areas are those most essential for a child’s healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

– Literacy (Reading and Writing)

– Mathematics (Numbers and Shape, Space and Measures)

– Understanding the world (The World, Technology, People and Communities)

– Expressive arts and design (Exploring and Using Media and Materials, Being Imaginative)

All 7 areas of learning are used to plan children’s learning and activities. The practitioners teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is similar to the curriculum in the rest of the school but it is suitable for very young children, and it is designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child’s unique needs and interests.

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. It is very important that they develop social skills, such as turn-taking, sharing and independence, which help them greatly in the next stages of their learning. The guiding principles that shape our practice in the Early Years are that children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them. Development is not an automatic process, however, it depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.

In the Early Years/Reception group at Willoughby, we provide a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities. Adult-led activities are focused and within the small group, the children are guided and supported in their learning. Activities are planned to develop the children’s skills, enabling them to experience all areas of learning in the EYFS. We also make sure that the children have time and opportunity to explore their own ideas using imagination and creativity and in this, develop their self-initiated play.

We have continuous provision within a range of activities such as role-play, painting, cutting and sticking, small world, building, counting, reading in the book corner. The outdoor canopy area provides equipment such as bikes, large construction, sand and water.

Assessment plays an important part in helping practitioners, parents and carers to recognise children’s progress and understand their needs. Ongoing assessment is an integral part of the learning and development process. It helps practitioners become aware of children’s strengths, and areas of their learning and development in which they may require further support and nurturing. Activities are provided for each child reflecting those observations. Within our small EYFS group at Willoughby, we are able to monitor and assess each child’s achievements, interests and learning styles. We then use these observations and assessments to plan relevant and motivating learning experiences. Children who require extra help in any area are quickly identified and supported.

Each child’s level of development is assessed against the early learning goals. At the end of the Reception year, practitioners will indicate whether children are meeting expected levels of development:

– Emerging, not yet reaching expected levels of development for age

– Expected

– Exceeding, beyond expected levels of development for age

Key Information

Head Teacher: Beatrice Smith

Chair of Governors: Sander Tiel (stiel@willoughby.notts.sch.uk)

Type of School: County Primary Co-Educational Day School for 5-11 years

Contact Details

Address: Willoughby Primary School, Church Lane, Willoughby on the Wolds, LE126SS

01509 880620


Useful Links

Willoughby Primary School on the Ofsted website & the Parent View

Willoughby Primary School on the Dept. For Education website

Admissions: Standard reception criteria from Nottinghamshire CC