St Mary's RC Primary School, ManchesterSt Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School

St Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School

EYFS Curriculum

‘I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand’

Ancient Chinese Proverb

The programme of study for the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is incorporated into a termly topic. Each topic gives our children the opportunity to learn and apply newly taught skills. It is important our children learn basic skills across the curriculum to provide a firm foundation to their learning. There is a strong emphasis on our curriculum being practical, stimulating and interactive. A mixture of teaching styles are used ranging from direct teaching of whole class to specific teaching with individual children and small groups. Children have the opportunity to work independently and are encouraged to take an active role in their own learning. We believe strongly in the value of practical, hands on, interactive and enjoyable experiences to help develop the skills and knowledge set out in our curriculum. It is important to develop strong learning skills, such as perseverance, confidence, independence and the ability to take risks, so that our children can contribute fully to school life. Another important feature of our curriculum is the emphasis upon the development of social skills. We want to produce learners who are confident, creative and robust, and our curriculum is geared towards supporting the development of confident independent learners.


What can you do to help your child at home?

Your child gets a challenge each Friday. This is displayed on our newsletter. It is important that you support your child and encourage them to complete these tasks. It should not take a great deal of time and it will help your child’s learning if the tasks completed and returned to school. If you have any concerns about your child’s progress or learning, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher.

Ideas to help your child

Talk to your child about what they are doing at school.

Encourage them to find out things for themselves.

Read books with your child. Take them to the local library and help them to choose books.

Let your child help you in the kitchen and when you are doing other work in the home.

Listen to your child. Encourage them to ask questions.


The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum has seven areas of learning which are divided into Prime and Specific areas.

They are:

Prime areas of learning

Physical Development

Communication and Language

Personal, Social, Emotional Development

The Prime areas of learning and development are universal to all children. Learning in the Specific areas is dependent on a secure foundation in the Prime areas.


 Specific areas of learning



 Understanding the World

 Expressive Art and Design


Physical Development covers both fine motor skills such as being able to hold a pencil to form letters correctly and gross motor skills such as riding a bicycle. In this area of learning, they are also developing the skill of managing their own personal hygiene.

Communication and Language covers the areas of speaking, listening and understanding. These areas are about the child making sense of the world around them, being able to understand and communicate with others.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development develops the children’s social skills. We look at how children make relationships and relate to each other, about how confident and self-aware they are, and about how they are able to manage their own feelings and behaviour.


Specific areas of learning

There are four Specific areas of learning.

Literacy covers both reading and writing. The children learn to decode and write simple sentences using their phonic knowledge.

In Mathematics children learn to count and recognise numbers and the operations of adding and subtracting. They also learn about doubling and halving through practical activities.

Shape, Space and Measuring activities include concepts such as capacity, weight and positions. They learn to recognise and talk about shapes.

Understanding the World covers the areas of technology such as using computers, People and Communities and The World. The children learn about events that have happened in the past, about different cultures and about the world around them.

Expressive Arts and Design allows children to express themselves through art, music, drama and dance. They experiment with colour and design, representing their own ideas.


At the end of Reception children are assessed against the Early Learning Goal in each of the prime and specific areas.  They should be meeting the Early Learning Goal, which is the expected level. 


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