St George the Martyr CE

Primary School

‘Go shine in the world and live as Jesus did with compassion, honesty and integrity.’

Learning in the Early Years

Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage


Our approach to teaching and learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)


We are keen to ensure that EYFS outcomes are useful to pupils in terms of basic skill development, particularly in the areas of behaviour, reading, writing and maths. On leaving the Reception class, it is important that pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education in Year 1. The EYFS curriculum is in place throughout the Reception year and full use is made of national EYFS guidance. Our underlying principles stem from the statutory framework for EYFS, which states:

“Each area of learning and development must be implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated play. As children grow older it is expected that the balance will gradually shift towards more activities led by adults to help children prepare for the more formal learning of Year 1.”