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Early Years Foundation Stage

The Foundation Stage


Children in Year R follow a curriculum planned using the Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage as a guideline. This allows children to work towards the 17 Early Learning Goals by the end of the academic year across the seven curriculum areas. Our curriculum has been planned to enable our children to develop life-long learning skills which the children can apply in a range of real-life situations and contexts and is relevant to the children that we teach.


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:

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


At William Austin Infants we ensure all these areas are covered and they are delivered through planned, focussed activities as well as play led by the child and play guided by the adults. We try give the children opportunities that they may not have experienced before to try and enhance their learning.  The areas of learning are accessible both inside and out in the following topics:


Autumn 1- Myself & Elmer

Autumn 2- Traditional Tales & Celebrations

Spring 1-  People Who Help Us & Instructions

Spring 2- Past & Present

Summer 1- Countries & Environments

Summer 2- Animals