EYFS Curriculum

EYFS Curriculum intent

At St Barnabas C of E Primary we understand that the Early Years are the most important of a child’s life and we aim to work closely with families to ensure that all children have a smooth transition to school, and the best start to their education.

Our Reception classroom and our outdoor area provide a rich, dynamic and welcoming environment for the children to learn and explore in. Our EYFS curriculum aims to provide opportunities for our children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations who know how to make a positive contribution to their community.

Reception Curriculum

During their time in reception, the children learn skills, acquire knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through seven areas of learning. The principles that guide the work in the EYFS are grouped into 4 themes:

  • A Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning and Development


There are three prime areas of learning;

  • Communication and Language – This includes speaking, understanding and listening and attention.
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development – This includes managing feelings and behaviour, making relationships and self-confidence and self-awareness.
  • Physical Development – This includes health and self-care and moving and handling.

And four specific areas of learning;

  • Literacy – This includes reading and writing.
  • Mathematics – This includes number and shape, space and measure.
  • Understanding the World – This includes technology, the world and people and communities.
  • Expressive Arts and Design – This includes music/rhymes, exploring and constructing using media and materials. Being imaginative, singing, building stories and narrative into their play.
  • RE is incorporated into the area of Understanding the World through the aspect of People and Communities.
  • Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development, including the promotion of British Values, are at the heart of our curriculum. 

Through our child led activities we provide an environment that allows each child to display high levels of concentration, creativity and persistence. The topics that we cover in reception link to key skills which they need to develop and they reflect the children’s interests or curiosity. This ensures that we get maximum engagement for all children as we believe that high-level attainment comes from high-level engagement.


The children in reception are taught phonics every day. We use “Letters and Sounds” and incorporate the Jolly Phonics programme in as it is a fun and interactive way for children to learn the early skills of reading and writing.

Assessment is carried out in the main through observation of children’s independent learning and during adult led activities. Parents are kept informed of progress throughout the year with three written reports, two parent interviews and an open afternoon.


For more information about Letters and Sounds please follow the link to the full document and guidance.