EYFS Curriculum

Reading & Writing


Our school follows the Read, Write Inc. phonics programme beginning in Nursery and following through to Year 2. Children are taught to recognise letter sounds and to begin to hear them in simple words i.e. cat. They will build on these skills throughout EYFS to begin to blend sounds together to read sentences fluently. They also use their phonic knowledge to begin to write words and then simple sentences independently. The children learn to read and write irregular common words (tricky words) i.e. I, go and the etc. that they cannot sound out phonetically.

Speed Sounds Set 1 (Nursery and Reception)

m – a – s – d – t – i – n – p – g – o – c – k – u – b – f – e – l – h – sh – r  – j – v – y – w – th – z – ch – qu – x – ng – nk

Speed Sounds Set 2 (Reception)

ay – ee – igh – ow – oo – oo (“uhh” i.e. book) – ar – or – air – ir – ou – oy

*children are introduced to Set 2 sounds once they are secure with all of the Set 1 sounds and are able to blend confidently.

You may wish to purchase your own sound cards to support learning at home.


Our children learn about the two strands of Maths; Number and Shape, Space, Measures. The children learn to master skills within these strands independently through play and challenges during continuous provision. The children have access to a wide variety of practical resources in the learning environment to help them develop these skills.


They learn to recite numbers in order, to count objects accurately, to recognise numerals, to find one more and one less and to add, subtract, double and halve numbers to 20.

Shape, Space, Measures

The children learn to use everyday language to understand size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money and compare quantities, objects and solve problems. They also recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.

Science, History & Geography

Through the strand Understanding the World the children learn about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They observe different environments and the things within them i.e. plants and animals; explaining why things occur and the changes that happen. Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and their family members and learn about communities and traditions.


Through the strand Personal, Social and Emotional development the children learn to make effective relationships, develop self-confidence and regulate their feelings and behaviour. These skills are developed through opportunities within continuous provision and regular “circle time” opportunities that allow the children to share their feelings, views and ideas.


Physical development is a key part of the EYFS curriculum and is embedded within everything we do. Children develop their coordination and control through the practise of large and small movements; they learn to move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space as well as handling equipment and tools effectively including pencils for writing.

Music, Art and Design Technology

Through the strand Expressive Arts and Design the children learn to sing and join in with familiar songs and nursery rhymes, make their own music and dance and experiments with ways of changing them. Children have the opportunity to explore a variety of media, materials and resources to create their own pictures, paintings and models/designs.