At Edward Worlledge we believe in the importance of children in Foundation Stage learning through hands-on experience and having opportunities to develop their understanding of the world through investigation and structured play. We are aware that children learn best in an environment where they feel safe and secure and therefore we strive to make learning fun and ensure that the children are happy.  We focus on developing the whole child, encouraging positive attitudes, building high self-esteem and instilling in our children a love of learning.


In Reception the curriculum is based on the revised Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum 2021 (EYFS). The EYFS sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.  The new programmes are written in more depth and focus on early language and vocabulary.

There are seven areas of learning within the EYFS which are:

Prime areas

  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development

Specific areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

The Seven Areas of Learning

Curriculum Map 2021 – 2022

Although all of the areas of learning are important, the prime areas are crucial for laying the foundations for success in future learning.

The EYFS also promotes the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ which guides staff to reflect on the different ways in which children learn.

The characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:

  • playing and exploring – children find out and explore, play with what they know and are willing to ‘have a go’
  • active learning – children get involved and concentrate, keep trying and enjoy achieving what they set out do
  • creating and thinking critically – children have their own ideas, make links and choose ways to do things

Here are some links to the EYFS documents:

EYFS Statutory Framework 2021


Development Matters in EYFS (non-statutory curriculum guidance for the new EYFS framework, September 2021.


The staff use their knowledge of the children’s individual needs, interests and stage of development to plan a broad and balanced curriculum which encompasses all of the areas of learning. You can see the curriculum overview for this term. This is updated regularly so please keep checking back for the termly curriculum updates.