The Pre School Curriculum


At St. Mary’s we follow the guidelines from the Early Years Foundation Stage 2017 (EYFS)

The EYFS is a non-statutory guidance which is designed to support practitioners in implementing the statutory requirement of the EYFS.  It is divided into 7 areas of learning and development as shown below:

  • Prime Areas
    • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
      • Making Relationships
      • Self Confidence
      • Managing Feelings and Behaviour
    • Physical Development
      • Moving and Handling
      • Health and Self-care
    • Communication and Language
      • Listening and Attention
      • Understanding
      • Speaking
  • Specific Areas
    • Literacy
      • Reading
      • Writing
    • Mathematics
      • Numbers
      • Shape, space and measure
    • Understanding the World
      • People and communities
      • The World
      • Technology
    • Expressive Arts and Design
      • Exploring and using media and materials
      • Being imaginative

Characteristics of Effective Learning

Playing and exploring – engagement finding out and exploring; Playing with what they know; Being willing to ‘have a go’.

Active Learning – motivation, being involved and concentrating; keep trying; enjoying achieving what they set out to do.

Creating and thinking critically – thinking, having their own ideas; making links; choosing ways to do things. EYFS (2017)

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.