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St Barnabas

& St Paul's Church of England Primary School

Early Years Curriculum

In Reception, we meet the welfare requirements laid down in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. We actively safeguard and promote the welfare of all of our children. We recognise that children will learn most effectively when they are healthy, safe and secure, when their individual needs are met and when they have positive relationships with the adults who care for them. We aim to provide a classroom that encompasses a safe and stimulating environment where children are able to enjoy learning and grow in confidence and independence.

Our Reception classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and work towards the Early Learning Goals.

The seven areas of learning are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


The core aim of the Foundation stage is to provide a strong and solid platform for future learning to be built upon. The seven areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected. However, the three prime areas are seen as particularly important for igniting curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building children’s capacity to learn.

As children grow and progress, the prime areas will support them to develop skills in the four specific areas.

Children learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place in both indoor and outdoor classrooms. We ensure activities support the Characteristics of Effective Learning to ensure learning takes place. These are:

  • Playing and Exploring – children investigate and experience things, and have a go.
  • Active Learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements.
  • Creating and Thinking Critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas and develop strategies for doing things.


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