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Yealmpstone Farm Primary School

'The doorway to learning for the whole community.'

Early Years Foundation Stage

Intent - What are we trying to achieve?



The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. They will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.


There are three prime areas of learning which are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.



As children grow, these prime areas of learning help them to develop skills in four specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Implementation - How will we achieve this?

As YFPS, we use these 7 areas to plan your child’s learning and activities.  We fully understand that each child is an individual in their own right and will develop at their own pace. Consequently, we ensure we are supporting them to make sure that their activities are both suited and tailored to meet your child’s unique needs. We strongly believe that children in their early years learn by playing and exploring, being active; developing creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.


The diagram below gives examples of the areas of learning and development and shows the links between the way in which your child learns and what they learn. Please bear in mind that all children develop at different rates so these examples are for guidance only. At YFPS, we plan for the needs of all the children. The children are given individual next steps which they will have the chance to work towards and achieve with support and guidance from adults working in the EYFS setting. 

Impact - What difference will this make?

At YFPS, children:


  • form positive relationships with others and manage their feelings
  • communicate effectively with others and express their ideas and needs
  • have good control of their bodies with developing spatial awareness. They have good fine motor skills to allow them to use tools accurately in their daily lives.
  • enjoy reading and are able to convey meaning through writing
  • are able to apply their developing understanding of the number system to solve real life problems
  • are aware, and respectful of, other cultures and beliefs
  • are able to express their own thoughts, feelings and ideas through different media