Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Curriculum


The Early Years curriculum at St George's Primary School is designed to provide an education that is based upon being fully inclusive, vocabulary driven and exciting. In our community we want to offer children, particularly the most disadvantaged, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.

We use the Foundation Stage and follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum – alongside the birth to 5 matters to help plan, deliver and assess our curriculum.

We want to embrace children’s learning through curiosity and play, as we want our children to be thought-provoking individuals that are aspirational throughout their time at St Georges.  We value a strong home-school partnership with parents, building relationships by doing home visits and having an open-door policy with parents which encourage them to come and ask us questions.


We aim to foster, nurture and develop independent, unique children who are curious about the world around them. We embrace this through child led opportunities and their play, as we want our children to be thought-provoking individuals that are aspirational throughout their time at St Georges.

Across the curriculum we plan and resource opportunities for rich first-hand experiences (inside, outside, visitors and school trips) to widen experiences and awe. Exploratory learning and thinking creatively, including problem solving across all areas of learning. We engage and excite children by promoting reading, modelling standard English and asking high quality questions to encourage the use of new vocabulary and concepts.

Our curriculum promotes and support children’s well being and development of their character, enabling children to take risks in a safe and secure environment and we make every endeavour that our learning is accessible and inclusive to SEND pupils.

As we are a Christian school, we teach RE weekly and develop children’s learning and understanding following the Southwark Diocese Syllabus.


This curriculum has four key themes and principles. These are:

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

Learning and Development – children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early year’s provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Within the Foundation Stage curriculum there are seven areas of learning .  The seven areas of learning are:

Prime Areas

Personal, Social and Emotional Development –

Building relationships, Managing Self, Self- regulation

Physical Development –

Gross motor, Fine motor

Communication and Language –

Listening, attention and understanding, Speaking


Specific Areas

Literacy – Reading, Writing, Comprehension

Mathematics – Numbers, Numerical patterns

Understanding the World – People, Culture and Communities, The World, Past and Present

Expressive Arts and Design – Creating with Materials , Being imaginative and Expressive


Through the seven areas of learning, we provide topics that excite and engage children, building on their own interests and developing their experiences of the world around them.


The impact of our teaching is to:

  • Achieve high quality outcomes in their Early Learning Goals
  • Make outstanding progress in relation to their individual starting points
  • We work with our feeder nurseries to identify children’s knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes to learning and particular support the transition to Reception for children with SEND needs
  • We link and track development through the Foundation Stage onto the National Curriculum
  • Children will re-call learning as memorable through making activities fun
  • Early identification of SEND needs to help students get the help they need to ensure they reach their fullest potential 

EYFS Vocabulary Ladder!

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Early Years Half-Term Overview



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