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Specific Areas of Learning


In the EYFS children’s mathematical understanding develops through active learning, play and exploration. They will learn through real life situations, stories, songs, cooking and games.

  • Number: Children will learn to count reliably, order numbers, calculate, problem solve and use mathematical language.
  • Shape, space and measure: Children will learn about weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money. They will explore, recognise, create and describe patterns and shapes.


For both reading and writing children will develop phonic knowledge that will enable them to decode, read and write words. Phonics will take place through a range of learning experiences e.g. listening activities, songs, rhymes and playing with language throughout the EYFS.

  • Reading: Children will learn the skills they need to be a reader and to love books, they will borrow books to be read to them at home and enjoy daily stories at school. They will become familiar with print and talk about their reading.
  • Writing: All attempts at writing will be encouraged, children will start with their own names and words of interest to them. They will write what is meaningful to them and be able to read it.

Understanding the World

  • People and Communities;
  • The World;
  • Technology

In a rich active learning environment children are challenged to find out about themselves and the cultural diversity within the world.

They will use ICT and explore the natural world that they live in.

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Exploring and using media materials; children will sing, make music and dance. They will have daily opportunities to use a wide range of tools, techniques and materials creatively and safely.
  • Being Imaginative; children will be encouraged and supported to express themselves imaginatively through all media.