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Our Early Years Curriculum (Reception at Christ Church)

Our Early Years Curriculum (Reception at Christ Church)


At Christ Church C of E Primary School, we believe that the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is where the magic and passion for learning is nurtured and inspired. Our EYFS curriculum has been created to embrace and encourage our children’s natural curiosity and sense of wonder.  We plan and prepare our environment so that our children feel safe and secure in their learning and explore, ask, design, make, question and create as they as they continue to develop the foundations required to become successful learners and live life to the full.

EYFS long term curriculum overview at Christ Church

Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you...

Roald Dahl

The power of great stories

Our Early Years curriculum is delivered primarily through great stories and storytelling. We recognise that the more children hear, tell and ultimately read stories, the more their imagination is ignited and the more they learn to construct and use meaningful language.

Enjoying numbers, solving problems

We also aim to help every child develop a love of numbers and problem solving. We plan to bring Maths alive so that our children’s learning is grounded in the basics and they can use their knowledge to solve real problems.

Exploring the world 

Children in our Reception class are taught using the EYFS framework with an emphasis on developing key skills, knowledge and understanding through play based activities and a mix of direct teaching, child initiated, adult initiated and adult directed activities both indoors and outdoors. Furthermore, our well-designed and flexible continuous provision helps to ensure that our children’s individual needs are well met in order to give them the language, independence and ownership needed to help them learn how to learn as well as developing their natural curiosity and igniting a love of learning.

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)?

The EYFS is a framework for children’s development from birth to the end of their first year in school (Reception).

The EYFS framework describes how early years practitioners should work with children and their families to support their development and learning.

The EYFS also describes how your child should be kept safe and cared for and how all concerned can make sure that your child achieves the most they can in their earliest years of life.


The EYFS is based upon the following four overarching principles:



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 and at different rates.

The four overarching principles of the EYFS are delivered through the characteristics of effective learning and 7 areas of learning:


Guidance to your child's learning and development in the EYFS