Areas of Learning

The EYFS is made up of seven areas of learning:

Prime Areas

Specific Areas

These areas are delivered throughout our inquiry units and linked closely together. They are equally important and depend on each other. All areas are delivered through a balance of adult led and child initiated activities.

The EYFS classes have their own outdoor area used all year round in all weathers. Being outdoors encourages learning in different ways. It offers the children more opportunities to be creative and explore on a larger scale as well as to be physically active linking the indoors and outdoors together.

Long term curriculum plan

Mastery Maths

“Problem solving is at the heart of the Mastery approach.” (2012-13, The Mastery Mathematics programme p.1).

In EY we ensure each child is provided with enough time to master a concept and develop their fluency and reasoning skills. Children are provided with a variety of mathematical concepts both in targeted and independent play.

They are encouraged to answer questions in order to deepen their mathematical understanding. Each school year begins by developing the concepts and skills needed, that have the most connections and opportunities for consolidation throughout the year. Once a new concept has been introduced it is applied and connected to many other areas of mathematics and within each area of learning.

For more information about the underlying principles of the mastery approach, please visit www.mathematicsmastery.org

Maths curriculum plan


In EY Literacy is taught through a book focus each week and daily phonic/handwriting sessions. The Letters and Sounds programme is followed and is also supported by Phonics Bug and Jolly Phonics. As the year progresses children are encouraged to complete a targeted activity as well as accessing Literacy provision in each area.

In September, listening, attention, understanding and speaking skills are developed so this can then aid their writing at a later stage. Whole Class Reading and Book Talk is introduced in Autumn 2 and this is linked to ‘The Write Way’ approach. As the children develop their physical and Literacy skills they will use ‘Fantastics’ to scaffold their writing.

Literacy Curriculum Plan

Phonic overview