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Early Years Foundation Stage

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EYFS Curriculum 

At St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School we recognise that the Early Years Foundation Stage is a crucial period of learning and development in every child’s life. We use developmentally appropriate practises, an informed knowledge of the needs of each child and an understanding of social, cultural and linguistic contexts in which children learn in order to support each and every child during this crucial phase of a child’s life. We recognise that a well-planned, play-based approach is the best for our children in a nurturing and supportive environment.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
(Children 4-5 years) In Reception, the children are involved in activities which are based on the seventeen Early Learning Goals. This is known as the 'Early Years Foundation Stage Profile.'  

These Early Learning Goals are grouped together as three prime areas and four specific:
Prime Areas:
¨ Communication and Language
¨ Physical Development
¨ Personal, Social and emotional Development
Specific Areas
¨ Literacy
¨ Mathematics
¨ Understanding the World
¨ Expressive Arts and Design

Within each of these areas there are a defined set of skills, knowledge and competencies which children work towards achieving by the end of Reception.  Click on the link below to view the 17 'Early Learning Goals:

Early Learning Goals

Characteristics of Effective Learning

Underlying each of the 17 areas of learnings, are the, 'Characteristics of Effective Learning.'  These describe the behaviours children need to use in order to learn effectively and they include:

1.  Playing and Exploring

2.  Active Learning

3.  Creating and Thinking Critically

We are constantly encouraging and enabling all children to demonstrate all of the above behaviours.  Please click on the document below for more detail:

Characteristics of effective learning

Knowledge and skills are built on from nursery to reception and there is clear progression through to year one in each National Curriculum subject. You can see an overview of progression below:

EYFS Writing progression grid

EYFS Maths progression grid

EYFS Reading progression grid

EYFS PSHE progression grid

EYFS Science progression grid

EYFS History progression grid

EYFS Geography progression grid

EYFS Art progression grid

EYFS Computing progression grid

EYFS PE progression grid


Reception Long Term Skills Progression Grid


Curriculum Intent

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Contact the School

St Vincent's Catholic Primary School

Orchard Road,
WA15 8EY

Main Contact: Headteacher Mrs Harrop

SEND Contact: Mrs Farrell and Mrs Sutton

Tel: 0161 911 8040


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