Early Years Foundation Stage - Year R

At Park Way we offer an enriching and child led curriculum. Our school values (Respect, Resilience and Responsibility) run through everything we do. Our EYFS team have carefully considered how the EYFS curriculum “dovetails” into the next six years, with a detailed progression document, supported by Development Matters and the Early Learning Goals.


Through the seven areas of learning we aim to provide first hand learning experiences that excite and engage children, building on their own interests and developing their experiences of the world around them, whilst allowing children to build knowledge, resilience, curiosity, creativity and rich imaginations. We believe that the correct mix of adult direction and uninterrupted continuous provision ensures the best outcomes for our children.


The aims for EYFS are exactly the same as for the rest of the school. We want the children to feel safe and nurture them, to provide rich and broad experiences that they might not otherwise have and to be ambitious for them to give them the very best life chances and choices.
Our enabling, stimulating environment provides exciting opportunities, promotes challenge, exploration, adventure and a real lifelong love of learning.



Reading is at the heart of our curriculum. Children follow the rigorous and highly successful Read, Write, Inc phonics scheme, so that they will meet good outcomes for reading. We also use multiple high-quality texts alongside children’s interests to engage their imaginations and ideas further. 

Each child has a reading diary and a phonetically decodable book based on their current phonics knowledge, which they practice reading to an adult regularly whilst at school. The children are given books that match their phonic knowledge in order for them to apply their learning with the aim of becoming successful, confident and fluent readers. 



The children develop their mathematical thinking through direct teaching and exploration. We want our children to become confident mathematicians who can apply what they have learnt to real life experiences. In Reception we focus on studying key skills of number, calculation, pattern and shape so that pupils develop deep understanding and the acquisition of mathematical language, using the White Rose Scheme. Our children learn through games and tasks using concrete manipulatives, songs and rhymes along with pictorial structures and representations which can then be applied and used within their own continuous provision time. 


At Park Way we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. 

· 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.

· Enabling Environments – Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers.

· Learning and Development – Children develop and learn in different ways.


Areas of learning

Children will demonstrate learning through The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, which has seven key areas of learning:


  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development 
  • Physical development 
  • Communication and language 
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics 
  • Understanding the World 
  • Expressive Arts and Design 


Further details of the year group expectations can be found here:

Year R