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St Barnabas

& St Paul's Church of England Primary School

Early Years Curriculum

Every child deserves the best possible start in life, and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth to five has a major impact on a child’s future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high-quality early learning provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow.

Our Early Years provision seeks to provide quality and consistency, a secure foundation planned around needs and interests of the children, strong partnerships between practitioners and parents or carers, and equality of opportunity. Our aim is for all children to develop in the areas of learning and become the best for God that they can be.

The early years curriculum supports children’s development from birth until the end of Reception. At St Barnabas and St Paul’s Primary School we support the learning of children from the age of 4 to 5 years. The Early Years Foundation Stage framework is made up of four overriding principles which our early year’s education is based upon:


A Unique child

Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.


Positive relationships

Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.


Enabling environments

Children learn well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents/carers.


Learning and development

Children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years settings, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.


The curriculum provides a play-based and experiential learning environment, combines with focussed teaching and skills to ensure children make rapid progress before moving onto Year One. In Reception, the children are provided with ample opportunities accessible in our indoor and outdoor provision. They engage in focussed activities as well as self-initiated and free flow activities. The learning experiences within our Early Years Department are linked to the seven areas of learning and development within the EYFS. These areas are split into three prime areas and four specific areas. The prime areas are those which the children should develop first and are considered as ‘the building blocks’ for the healthy development and future learning of our children. These include:

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


As children grow and make progress in the prime areas, this will help them to naturally develop skills within the four specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


It is expected that children achieve the Early Learning Goal for each area of learning by the end of the Reception year.

For more information about each of the areas of learning, please visit the website below.


“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn” – Maria Montessori