Early Years

Early Years Foundation Stage

Nursery and Reception classes form the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which caters for children from 3-5 years old. They follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum.

The early learning goals (the knowledge, skills and understanding which young children should have acquired by the end of the reception year) and the educational programmes (the matters, skills and processes which are required to be taught to young children) are set out in the ‘Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage’

The 7 areas of learning and development are broken down into Prime and Specific areas. These are as follows;

Prime Areas

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
  • Communication and Language (C&L)
  • Physical Development (PD)

Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematical development (PSRN)
  • Understanding the World (UW)
  • Expressive Arts and Design

At St Richard’s we believe these 7 areas to be equally important and depend on each other to support a rounded approach to child development. We aim to deliver all the areas through planned, purposeful play, with a balance of adult-led and child initiated activities.


The School curriculum is organised as follows:

EYFS: Nursery and Reception follow the EYFS Framework (2014)

Phonics: Is delivered following Read Write Inc.

Speech and Language is developed through The Talking Time program which is part of The Talk of The Town scheme, with every child receiving a series of group sessions aimed at supporting the development of vocabulary, sequencing and narrative skills.


Foundation Subjects are also taught (History, Geography, Art and Design, Music, PE and Design and Technology): These subjects are taught through a termly topic. These themes of learning allow us the opportunity to not only learn about a particular theme but to also have the flexibility to engage with the interests of the children.

Parents and children are also encouraged to record any evidence of learning that takes place outside of school. This can be recorded in the ‘Record of Achievement outside of school books’ that every child is given when they start at St Richards. This is our way of including parents in the assessment process, whilst also allowing us to document a wider range of evidence towards each child achieving the Early Learning Goals.

Download EYFS Long Term Plan