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Our Curriculum - The EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage)

EYFS stands for Early Years Foundation Stage and is the standard set for education, teaching, learning and care of 0 to 5-year-olds.

The EYFS not only sets out expected developmental milestones in the seven Areas of Learning and Development as well as developmental links, but also supports those working with EYFS age children in providing the correct support, provisions, and learning environment to best enable children to thrive and develop as well as be happy and healthy!

All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS and work towards the goals of the seven areas of EYFS - including childminders, preschools, nurseries and reception classes.


What are the EYFS Seven Areas of Learning and Development?

The EYFS is divided up into Seven Areas of Learning and Development, which are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
  • Communication and Language (C+L)
  • Physical Development (PD)
  • Literacy (L)
  • Mathematics (M)
  • Understanding the World (UTW)
  • Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)


We plan our curriculum to cover all of these areas, but also and equally important we personalise our curriculum to meet the needs of children specifically in our school. 


Our topics this year are:

Autumn 1 - Me and My Community

Autumn 2 - Once Upon a Time (Traditional Tales) - Sparkle and Shine

Spring 1 - Winter Wonderland - Lets Explore (People Who Help Us)

Spring 2 - Animal Safari - Creep, Crawl and Wriggle

Summer 1 - Big Wide World - Ready Steady Grow

Summer 2 - Stories and Rhymes (Focus on Fantasy)


Phonics - Phase 1 

Phonics is taught daily in Nursery. We follow the Twinkl phonics scheme. The 7 Aspects covered over the year are listed below. 

Aspect 1 General Sound Discrimination – Environmental Sounds

• Develop listening skills and awareness of sounds in the environment

• Identify and remember the differences between sounds

• Talk about sounds in greater detail Aspect 2 General Sound Discrimination – Instrumental Sounds

• Develop awareness of sounds made with instruments

• Listen to and appreciate the difference between sounds made with instruments

• Use a wide vocabulary to talk about instrument sounds


Aspect 3 Body Percussion


• Develop awareness of sounds and rhythms

• Distinguish between sounds and remember patterns of sound

• Talk about sounds we make with our bodies and what the sounds mean


Aspect 4 Rhythm and Rhyme


• Experience and appreciate rhythm and rhyme

• Develop awareness of rhythm and rhyme in speech

• Increase awareness of words that rhyme and develop knowledge about rhyme

• Talk about words that rhyme and produce rhyming words


Aspect 5 Alliteration


• Develop understanding of alliteration

• Listen to sounds at the beginning of words and hear the differences between them

• Explore how different sounds are articulated


Aspect 6 Voice Sounds


• Distinguish between the differences in vocal sounds

• Explore speech sounds

• Talk about the different sounds that we can make with our voices


Aspect 7 Oral Blending and Segmenting


• Develop oral blending and segmenting of sounds in words

• Listen to sounds within words and remember them in the order in which they occur

• Talk about the different sounds that make up words




We will be focusing on learning about number, shape, space and measure through a range of fun and exciting activities, both indoors and outdoors. We follow the Power Maths scheme of work at Rosehill and in Nursery we are preparing them for this.

Spring 2 - This half term our topic is 'Animal Safari - Creep, crawl and wriggle'. Please follow the link below to view our curriculum news.

Spring 1 - This half term our topic is 'People Who Help Us'. Please follow the link below to see our curriculum newsletter and find out ways to support your child with their learning at home.

Are you eligible for help to pay for your childcare?

Government helps many families with childcare costs, whether you have toddlers or teens, you could get support.

Visit Childcare Choices to find out more about what you are eligible to receive and how to make childcare as cost effective as possible.

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