EYFS Curriculum

Welcome to a day in Reception at Castle Hill


At Castle Hill Primary School we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework. We support children’s learning and development in all areas of the curriculum so children are able to achieve their Early Learning Goals by the end of their time in Reception. Each day in Reception, all 7 areas of learning are covered both indoors and outdoors. All areas of learning and development are important and interconnected.

“Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

The three prime areas are:

  1. Communication and language

  2. Physical development

  3. Personal, social and emotional development

There are four specific areas through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied. The four specific areas are:

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding of the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design

We link our learning to a main theme/topic in order to provide connected experiences and make learning purposeful. Examples of activities and experiences we use to support every child’s development:

  • learning songs, rhymes, music and dance

  • book corners with interaction with the year group’s key Reading Spine texts

  • Talk for Writing texts and small world or role play areas to retell the stories

  • Fishing for Phonics scheme

  • mark making and writing areas

  • playground games, balls, bikes, hoops and climbing equipment

  • construction areas

  • maths areas with a range of manipulatives for counting, recognising and representing numbers

  • creative stations with access to junk modelling, painting, cutting, sticking, drawing

  • participation in a range of cultural beliefs and festivals

  • sand, water, mud kitchen and the use of malleable materials

  • Forest School sessions with the school’s specialist Forest School team

  • Music sessions with the school’s Music Specialist

  • PE sessions with the school’s PE Specialist

Please contact Zoe Cross or read our EYFS Policy to find out more about our EYFS curriculum.