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Paston Ridings 
Primary School

EYFS Curriculum


We have 6 values which are inextricably intertwined with Physical and Mental Wellbeing and Building Learning Power. We want our children have and show the core values of:

•Teamwork: Children have a positive, confident attitude to learning.  They are both physically and emotionally ready to learn independently and as part of a team

•Aspire: Children show initiative, ask well thought out questions and are prepared to use a variety of strategies to learn to achieve their full potential

Respect: Children are curious, able and willing to learn from their mistakes and can describe their progress, respecting the opinions of others

•Pride: Children are prepared to persevere and stay involved in their learning, taking pride in everything they do, even when the process is challenging.

•Nurture: Children are prepared to help and look after each other and work with everyone involved in their learning

•Enjoy: Children take pleasure in everything they do at Paston Ridings and enjoy all their learning experiences

The curriculum in Early Years is designed to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all pupils. It facilitates them to gain the skills, knowledge and understanding, as they start out on their educational journey, supporting them to progress from their individual starting points and preparing them for the next stage of their education.

Our ethos in Early Years is to support children’s personal, social and emotional development so that they feel safe and secure and are ready to learn.

Through the seven areas of learning we provide topics that excite and engage children in their learning, building on own interests and developing their experiences of the world around them. We recognise that all children come into our setting with varied experiences and all staff ensure that the learning opportunities provided widen their knowledge and understanding of the world, setting ambitious expectations for all children.

The curriculum celebrates diversity and supports the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Those children with particular needs including SEND are supported appropriately allowing them to be successful.


At Paston Ridings, we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, skills and understanding of all children, whatever their starting points. We follow the Early Years curriculum using topic themes (following Cornerstones) and enrichment opportunities.

The aim of our curriculum is to develop a thirst and love for learning by

•Carefully planning sequences of activities that provide meaningful learning experiences developing each child’s characteristics of effective teaching and learning.

•Providing high quality interactions with adults that demonstrate and impact on the progress of all children.

•Using high quality questioning and interactions to check children’s understanding and address misconceptions.

•Staff acting as role models to the children they teach in order for children to develop their own speaking and listening skills.

•Careful assessment through observations which are recorded on Tapestry and shared with parents. These are used to inform the next steps of learning and meeting individual needs.

•Developing an effective, engaging and enabling environment that is set up so that children can access all areas of learning both inside and outside at any one time.

•Providing activity starting points for child initiated activities that enhance activities linked to the children’s learning.

•Allowing children to be successful in their attempts at an activity and using effective oral feedback to help facilitate next steps in learning.

•Suggesting home learning opportunities with information about what has been taught and activities completed weekly to parents, allowing parents to build on their child’s school experiences, at home.

We recognise the changing needs and interests of our pupils and we are responsive to this, regularly developing existing topics.


The English curriculum is taught using Letter and Sounds, Word Aware and Talk for Writing. Children develop their literacy skills by the retelling of stories that they learn using actions and story mapping techniques and the acquisition of new and challenging vocabulary linked to the core stories. Children also have the opportunities to show independence. In their writing by planning and writing their own stories. Literacy opportunities are also promoted and embedded in many of the continuous provision activities available to children during the week.

The Early years uses core stories as a basis for topic planning and usually start with an exciting hook to engage children in both the topic and the book. These texts are chosen for their level of challenge and quality language. They have also been chosen with a view to promoting reading for pleasure.


Phonics is taught using Little Wandle. Daily adult led sessions are fun, engaging and interactive teaching children to blend sounds for reading and segment sounds for spelling. The phonics activities are revisited to embed over the day, week and year.


The mathematics curriculum is taught through daily dedicated sessions, following the White Rose Maths scheme and using Numberblocks as additional mathematics teaching material. These sessions are carefully planned using concrete resources and build on prior learning and real life experiences across the theme and year. This starts with mastering numbers 0-5 and then progresses through to 0-10 and 0-20. We want our children to become confident mathematicians who can apply what they have learnt to real life experiences.

Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with their parents and carers through Tapestry. Parents are invited in to look at the children’s learning and leave positive comments on Tapestry, in their child’s reading record book and in their home learning journal.


Children demonstrate high levels of engagement in activities developing their speaking and listening skills enabling them to access more areas of the learning and communicate to both adults and children. Children develop skills across all areas of the curriculum including literacy, mathematics and physical development using these in different ways.

Children have developed a wider sense of the world around them and can draw on these experiences during interactions with others and link this to new learning.

Children develop their characteristics of effective teaching and learning and are able to apply their knowledge to a range of situations making links and explaining their ideas and understanding. Children are confident to take risks and discuss their successes and failures with adults drawing on their experiences to improve or adjust what they are doing.

From their own starting points, children will make excellent progress academically and socially, developing a sense of themselves so that they are well prepared for year 1 and the next steps in their learning journey.