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Early Years

Across our EYFS, we follow the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2014). This framework states that the Early Years Curriculum is split into 7 areas of learning. The areas are as follows:

 3 prime areas of learning:

  • personal, social and emotional development (which is all about getting along with others, sharing and taking turns)
  • Communication and Language (speaking and listening)
  • Physical development (this includes pencil control).


4  specific areas of learning

  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design (which includes music, dance and art)


At Bowlee Park our EYFS curriculum is underpinned by a strong emphasis on pupils’ acquisition of basic skills in communication skills, reading, writing and maths whilst developing the whole child. We offer a broad and balanced EYFS curriculum which aims to support all children to reach their full potential in a safe and stimulating environment.  All areas of learning are delivered through a balance of adult –led focussed sessions and child initiated activities.

During this stage your child’s life, learning through play is vital in order for children to make sense of the world around them. Our curriculum provides carefully structured play, through which children explore and develop the learning experiences that make them make sense of the world around them. Through both play and adult-focussed focussed sessions, children are given the opportunity to practise and build on their own ideas, to think creatively, to learn self-control and learn to play cooperatively with others. Our curriculum also enables pupils to develop the Characteristics of effective learning so that they develop into confident learners who demonstrate resilience, respect and are able to work with others.

Our Early Years curriculum has been designed to ensure that children are ‘school ready’ by the end of the Reception year so that they have the knowledge and skills needed for a secure foundation for future education and for life.


Each half term-term there is a change in topic, both in Nursery and reception, which driven by high quality narrative text or texts. The teaching input and all areas of the classroom environment reflect the change in narrative texts in order to engage and enthuse children.


The half termly themes are as follows

  Nursery Reception
Autumn 1 Families/Owl Babies Ourselves
Autumn 2 Emergency Superheroes: Charlie's Superhero underpants and other texts.
Spring 1 Dear Zoo/Handa's Surprise The Gruffalo
Spring 2 Traditional Tales - Down on the farm Traditional Tales: The Three Billy Goats Gruff and other texts
Summer 1 Growth and Mini Beasts Growth and Dinosaurs: How to grow a dinosaur and other texts.
Summer 2 Under the Sea Pirates: Portside Pirates and Pirate Piggy Wiggy


We continually assess the children through observing them in the areas of provision and observing what they can do independently and record them using an online learning journey.



We encourage children to develop their characteristics for effective learning these are delivered through the use of ‘Achievosaurs’.

At the end of Reception the children will assessed against the 17 Early Learning Goals and their progress shared with parents along with a description of the way they learn.