Early Years Curriculum

Your child will be continuing their journey through what is known as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), a framework set out by the DFE (Department of Education). This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born, up until the age of 5, their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs.

The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their own understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop in 3 prime areas first. These are:

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

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understand the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design.

The seven areas provide a framework, but this does not mean that all of young children’s learning is divided up in to areas. One experience may provide a child with opportunities to develop a number of competences, skills and concepts across several areas. For example, children building with blocks may cooperate in carrying the heavy and large building blocks, negotiate the best place to put them, compare the weight and dimensions of different blocks and act out an imaginary scene. Therefore, they may be developing language, maths, physical, personal and social skills through this one activity. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

Curriculum Map.

At Abram Bryn Gates we are committed to providing children with a broad, balanced and meaningful curriculum. Children will study topics over a termly, half termly basis. 

Term

Topic

Special Days and Events

Autumn 1

Ourselves

Autumn/Harvest

Halloween

Autumn 2

Celebrations

Seasons

Bonfire Night

Remembrance Day

Diwali

Hanukah

St Andrew’s Day 

Nativity

Spring 1

Homes

Seasons

Chinese New Year

Eid

St David’s Day

Trip to the Theatre

Spring 2

Animals

Seasons

Mother’s Day

Easter

St Patrick’s Day

Summer 1

Living Things

Plants

Seasons

Mock Christening

Father’s Day

St George’s Day

Summer 2

Holidays

Transport

Seasons

Sports Day

Teddy Bears Picnic