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Kidsgrove Primary School

Empowering Learners...Growing Minds

Early Years - Getting it right from the start

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Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is made up of 7 areas of learning. They are split into two areas; the Prime areas and the Specific areas of learning.


The Prime areas

Communication and Language

Personal, Social, Emotional Development

Physical Development

The Specific areas



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design



At Kidsgrove Primary School, we pride ourselves on our creative curriculum, with ‘what is special?’ being at the focus of many of our themes. This allows for children to compare and discuss similarities and differences from a young age, building up an understanding of themselves, their community, and the world around them. They build up knowledge of significant people, places, and events from in the past right up to the present day. The children engage in many real life opportunities within an immersive environment, that promises to stretch imagination and create curious, critical thinkers.




All children have access to the seven areas of learning and they learn through their play with a combination of child initiated and teacher led learning opportunities both indoors and in our amazing outdoor areas, including our own forest schools area.  Children are observed during play to assess their stage of development and in order to plan for their next steps and their future learning.



Learning and development opportunities are planned around each child’s needs and interests. These are assessed and reviewed at every available opportunity. Adults respond to individual needs and interests, and guide development through positive interactions in an encouraging, stimulating and a well-resourced environment, providing challenge and extending learning to suit each individual. The EYFS team  bring an excellent wealth of experience, knowledge and understanding of how the youngest pupils in our school learn and develop. All staff are involved in planning a wide range of exciting activities that promote our core school values, where the outcome is a cohort of happy, independent, confident and determined learners who are able to communicate well and have the ability to think critically and share their thoughts and ideas by sensitively scaffolding, supporting and enhancing the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding.