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Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Kingston Park Primary School 


We love learning in Early Years! We aim to create an environment which is happy, safe and fun to learn in. Where the child is at the centre of all we do.  

In both Nursery and Reception We follow ‘Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework’ and work towards a set of statements called the ‘Early Learning Goals’. Each child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.  The children develop through playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically.


There are seven areas of learning and development that shape our Early Years curriculum. These are split into two important and interconnected sections – prime and specific:  


The ‘prime’ areas of learning and development are: 


Communication and language: 

  • Listening, attention and understanding  
  • Speaking  


Physical development:  

  • Gross motor skills 
  • Fine motor skills 


Personal, social and emotional development: 

  • Self-regulation 
  • Managing self 
  • Building relationships 


The ‘specific’ areas of learning and development are: 



  • Comprehension 
  • Word reading 
  • Writing  



  • Numbers 
  • Numerical patterns 


Understanding the world:  

  • Past and present 
  • People, culture and communities 
  • The natural world 


Expressive arts and design: 

  • Creating with materials 
  • Being imaginative and expressive


Prime Areas: 

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) 

  • Communication and Language (C&L) 

  • Physical Development (PD) 


Specific Areas: 

  • Literacy (L) 

  • Mathematics (M) 

  • Understanding the World (UW) 

  • Expressive Arts and Design (EAD) 


The prime areas are fundamental throughout the EYFS and the timetable, especially in nursery, is weighted more heavily on developing these core skills. The specific areas include the skills and knowledge which provide important contexts for learning and these areas develop more fully towards the end of the early years.

Throughout their time in the Early Years the children are immersed in lots of practical, first-hand learning experiences through which they are encouraged to explore, experiment and develop their language. The children use both the indoor and outdoor classroom during teacher directed and child initiated times. Staff join in with children’s learning, extending their language and thinking at the child’s level and help them to make progress.  

We have a particular love for outdoor learning. Each week come rain or shine, we put on our wellies and head outdoors, learning through our wonderful outdoor environment! 

Take a look at our outdoor classroom, where our learning is only limited by the sky!

NEW to RECEPTION parents meeting Monday 17th June 5pm

NEW to NURSERY parents meeting Tuesday 18th June 5pm

If you are unable to make either of these meetings please click on the link to access the presentation. Welcome packs will be available at the office to collect after the event.