The Pre School Curriculum


At St. Mary’s we follow the guidelines from the Early Years Foundation Stage 2021 and the Development Matters 2021, a Non-statutory curriculum guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

It is divided into 7 areas of learning and development as shown below:

  • Prime Areas
    • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
    • Physical Development
    • Communication and Language
  • Specific Areas
    • Literacy
    • Mathematics
    • Understanding the World
    • Expressive Arts and Design

Characteristics of Effective Learning

Playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’

Active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements

Creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things

Through following the EYFS guidelines all children will be respected and their individuality and potential recognised, valued and nurtured.

In our pre‑school children will learn:

  • To use language to communicate with adults and other children.
  • To listen and respond as part of a group.
  • To enjoy stories, poems and music.
  • To recognise the use of print to carry information, stories and ideas.
  • To compare objects / materials and to make predictions about them based on experience.
  • To create and recognise patterns and sequences.
  • To understand simple ideas of length, weight, volume and number.
  • To use their senses to enjoy and explore their environment.
  • To observe living things.
  • To name shapes and colours.
  • To recognise similarities and differences between objects and groups of objects.
  • To begin to understand the external parts and workings of their own bodies.
  • To think about the ways in which people all over the world communicate with one another.
  • To acquire the skills and co‑ordination they need, both for healthy exercise of their own bodies and for handling writing and drawing implements.
  • To find ways of tackling problems.
  • They learn to take pleasure in the company of other children and adults.
  • They learn about their own dignity and value in the world.
  • They learn to come to terms with their own strong feelings and to find acceptable ways of expressing them.