The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn”

Benjamin Franklin

In the Early Years at Abbots Green Academy, children learn within a safe and secure learning environment that equips them for the educational journey ahead. We ensure children are given a range of highly-engaging and motivating play-based learning experiences which enable them to become confident and independent learners.

The above quote encompasses everything that we aim to provide for children as they begin their journey with us, at the age of two years old. We endeavour to offer a curriculum that is based on real life experiences, involves the child and most importantly is planned through careful assessment of their needs and interests.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework provides us with the scaffold for our Early Years curriculum and learning is planned through the Curiosity Approach. By the end of the Reception year, our intent is to ensure that all children make at least good progress from their starting points and are equipped with the skills and knowledge to have a smooth transition into Year 1.

In the Early Years we cover the seven areas of development.

Areas of Learning & Development




Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Building Relationships
Managing Self

Communication and Language Development

Listening, Attention and understanding

 Physical Development

Gross Motor Skills
Fine Motor Skills




Word Reading


Numerical Patterns

Understanding The World 

People, Culture and Communities
The Natural World
Past and Present

 Expressive Arts & Design

Creating with Materials
Being Imaginative and Expressive

The prime areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences, and run through and support learning in all other areas.

The prime areas continue to be fundamental throughout the EYFS. The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge. They grow out of the prime areas and provide important contexts for learning.

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