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Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage at Prince Rock



The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Prince Rock is based around the Statutory Framework and Development Matters. These documents underpin the EYFS curriculum at our school. The EYFS contains four guiding principles which 


A Unique Child

Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.


Positive Relationships

Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships. Children benefit from a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.


Enabling Environments

Children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them to build their learning over time. 


Learning and Development

Children develop and learn at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected. The framework covers the education and care of all children in the early years provision, including children with special needs and disabilities.



Foundation Stage Curriculum

The children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework (EYFS).  Your child will be engaged in a variety of activities, providing a balanced and stimulating curriculum which will develop each child's potential. We provide a balance between developing children’s interests through observation as well as providing a curriculum based around high quality texts. 


There are three prime areas and four specific areas of learning in the Foundation Stage Framework curriculum:-


Prime Areas

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSHE scheme - Jigsaw)
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

In the Prime Areas, the children learn to:

  • Share, take turns and develop respect for each other.
  • Make friends and become confident independent learners.
  • Behave appropriately when playing with others.
  • Listen to others and understand spoken language to enable children to follow instructions correctly.
  • Learn new words rapidly, use them in conversations and develop their own narratives and explanations.
  • Join in conversations with adults and children.
  • Develop control of their bodies using both large scale movements such as running and jumping and small scale movements such as holding pencils and using scissors.


Specific Areas

  • Literacy (We use ReadWriteInc as our phonics scheme) See separate section
  • Maths (White Rose Maths and NCETM Mastery Number)
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

In the Specific Areas, the children learn to:

  • Enjoy sharing books and stories with adults and friends to develop a life long love of reading
  • Develop an understanding of a wide range of books and the language and vocabulary surrounding them. 
  • Begin to read letter sounds (phonemes), words, phrases and simple sentences using phonic knowledge to decode regular words.
  • Draw, make marks, write letters, words and simple sentences.
  • Count accurately groups of objects and recognise numerals.
  • Add, subtract and problem solve during practical activities.
  • Use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, distance, time, money and shape.
  • Look closely at how things work, why things happen, living things and the changes that take place in the natural world.
  • Explore the past and the changes that happened in living memory and beyond. 
  • Explore and understand the world around them. Understand their place in the world. Explore maps and location. 
  • Use IT equipment, e.g. Programmable toys such as BeeBots.
  • Be imaginative, sing songs, dance and create fantastic models, drawings, paintings and stories. 

The children’s learning is further enhanced by the use of the school grounds, library, and school hall for dance and P.E.  The children also join the school for assemblies and other special activities. This enables us to feel part of the wider school community.


Exploring the local area is a key part of our termly curriculum. We take the children on a local walk or outing every half term. This allows us to observe change over time, gain a better understanding of our place in the world and provide opportunities for all children to explore outside of school.

Reading in the Early Years at Prince Rock 

Parent video: What is Read Write Inc Phonics

Parent video: Sound blending

Parent video: How to say the sounds

RWI Leaflet for Parents

PE Information