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We CARE • Curiosity - Aspiration - Respect - Enthusiasm

Early Years Foundation Stage Curriuculum


The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the curriculum for children from birth to 5. This is what we use at Cholsey Primary School. There are 7 areas of learning in the EYFS:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children are helped to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others. It builds up their confidence and self-esteem and encourages them to form positive relationships with other people. They learn how to manage their feelings, and understand that their actions and words have consequences. They are encouraged to display positive behaviour and self-control.

Family Links Nurturing Programme

Each week we follow the Family Links Nurturing Programme for our special Circle Time. This programme is followed by the whole school and also by Cholsey Pre-School to help build the children’s self-esteem, to help them identify their feelings, to provide them with a vocabulary to talk about feelings and emotions, and to enable them to take responsibility for their own actions.

Communication and language development

The children are provided with opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical development

Opportunities are provided for the children to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement, both on a large scale such as playing on a climbing frame and also on a smaller scale, for example through threading to practise hand–eye coordination. Children are also helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.


We do lots of activities to support physical development in the Foundation Stage garden. However, in addition to this, we do have a weekly P.E. session in the hall or outdoors. This includes gymnastics, athletics, dance, ball skills and games.


This includes both reading and writing. It involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters. This helps them to work out and read new words. They use the sounds in their writing and so begin to read and write.


Children are provided with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers and calculating. They explore shapes and patterns and use mathematical language to describe shapes. They encounter real life problems and think creatively of ways to solve them.

Understanding the world

This involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive arts and design

This enables children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

Forest School

Each week the children attend Forest School. This is held in our School’s own nature reserve.
Our aims at Cholsey Forest School are to:

  • respect, learn from, learn about and explore the natural world around us;
  • develop personal skills such as independence, caring for others, teamwork and communication;
  • develop physical skills such as jumping, running, climbing, tying knots etc;
  • develop creative skills like role-play and imaginative games.


Planning and the curriculum

During each term the staff continuously make observations on what is being learnt by the children. These are discussed at weekly meetings and help us to formulate the themes and activities we plan for the future. In order to maximise children’s learning experiences there needs to be a balance between adult-led and child-initiated activities.

An individual pupil profile is kept for every child. Profiles from any previous settings will be forwarded to us to enable staff to build on the individual child’s learning. Staff are continuously updating the profiles; this allows them to track the children’s progress and become very familiar with their development.

Parent Partnership

We wish to have a close relationship with parents and we are always keen that they are involved in the education of their children and in the life of the school.  You might like to help with reading, supervising small group activities, playing a game with some children, doing practical jobs in the setting or at home, or sharing any other of your talents with us.