Thomas Whitehead C of E VA Primary School

Thomas Whitehead CE Academy

A member of the Diocese of St Albans Multi Academy Trust

Believing & Achieving together

Church School
Xtranet VLE

Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage

Our greatest consideration is the children’s individual needs, interests and stage of development and we use this to plan challenging and enjoyable experiences for each child in all areas of learning and development. Our children have rich opportunities to play and explore, actively learn, create and think critically.

Our curriculum in our Reception meets the requirements set out in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. There are seven areas of learning and development, each important and interconnected.

There are three prime areas of learning which are fundamental and underpin the rest of the curriculum. These are Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Communication & Language, and Physical Development. Then there are four specific areas of learning – Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World (science, IT, humanities, RE etc), and Expressive Arts & Design

Prime Areas

The three prime areas of learning and development are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

Communication and Language

We are committed to giving our youngest children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical Development

We provide opportunities for the children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. They are helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We are dedicated to helping our children develop a positive sense of themselves and to form constructive relationships. They learn how to manage their feelings and to understand appropriate behaviour.

Specific Areas

The three prime areas of learning and development are strengthened and applied through four specific areas.


The children are encouraged to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. They are given access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest. Opportunities for mark making, the early stages of writing, are provided in the indoor and outdoor learning environments and using a wide range of materials (eg paint, chalk, pens, sand)


We provide opportunities for children to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and describing shapes, spaces and measures.

Understanding the World

We guide children to make sense of their world through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive Arts and Design

We encourage children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. They have many opportunities to express themselves through art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology. They develop rhythms and music skills with our specialist music teacher.




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