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Early Years Foundation Stage

At Avenue Primary School we believe that the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes.


The EYFS framework sets the UK standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five. The curriculum is built around four principles: 


  • A Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning and Development


Learning and Development
We plan and provide for the 7 areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage, covered in spaces for play in both our indoor and outdoor classroom. We believe young children learn through play and first hand experiences. In our setting children explore, build, run, paint, laugh, investigate, ask questions and learn through a well planned environment and a range of activities.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development relates to children developing confidence and independence, building good relationships and learning how to manage their feelings and behaviour. 
Communication and Language Development involves giving children opportunities to speak and listen in a range of situations, and develop confidence to express themselves.
Physical Development relates to improving control and coordination of the body, as well as learning to handle and control equipment. This also involves helping children to understand the importance of a healthy diet as well as physical activity.
Literacy Development involves encouraging children to read and write, through listening to others reading, as well as beginning to read and write for themselves.


Mathematical Development involves encouraging children to count reliably with numbers, add, subtract and problem solve. Children explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them. They recognise, create and describe patterns.

Understanding of the World involves children observing and exploring to find out about the natural world, places, technology, people and communities around them.

Expressive art and design involves supporting children to explore a range of media and materials as well as encouraging them to engage in a variety of activities in art, music, dance, role play, and design and technology.

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