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Enjoying Reading Together in our Library

Sharing Happiness and Making Friends

Inspiring Imagination through Storytelling

Discovering and Exploring in our Mud Kitchen

Keeping Fit and Healthy on the Playground

Early Years Foundation Stage

The Foundation Stage Curriculum

Children in Year R follow a curriculum based on the Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage. This allows children to work towards the Early Learning Goals in all seven curriculum areas.


The curriculum for children in Year R classes is known as The Early Years Foundation Stage. This leads on to the National Curriculum that children begin in Year 1.


The curriculum is broken up into 2 main areas – Prime and Specific and then these areas are then broken up into smaller areas.


The Prime Areas are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development


The Specific Areas are:

  • Understanding the World
  • Mathematics
  • Expressive Arts & Design
  • Literacy- Reading and Writing


At William Austin Infants we ensure all these areas are covered and plan a balance of child-initiated and adult led activities linked to these areas both inside and out in the following topics:

Autumn 1- Traditional Stories & Myself

Autumn 2- People Who Help Us & Keeping Healthy

Spring 1- Environments and Bears

Spring 2- Shape & Measure

Summer 1- Instructions & The Gingerbread Man

Summer 2- Animals