EYFS and Key Stage One

Our Classes

  • Ireland Class – Mrs Maria Hattersley – maria.hattersley@abbotsleaschool.co.uk
  • Wales Class – Miss Sarah Livermore – sarah.livermore@abbotsleaschool.co.uk
  • Portugal Class – Miss Emily Quinn – emily.quinn@abbotsleaschool.co.uk
  • France Class – Miss Emily Cooney – emily.cooney@abbotsleaschool.co.uk

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) applies to children from birth to the end of the academic year in which a child has their fifth birthday.

The EYFS is statutory and is detailed under the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. It forms a basis for developing essential skills such as communication, listening, persistence and collaborating with each other. The three prime areas cover the knowledge and skills which are the foundations for future progress, and which are applied and reinforced by the specific areas. All areas of learning are equally important and are interlinked.

Prime areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical development

Specific areas:

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

At Abbot’s Lea School we continue each child’s journey through the EYFS into Key Stage One as this enables us to show progress against each child’s individual next steps. We build their resilience and ability to follow a routine and develop their engagement with adult led activities and group circle times where appropriate

In EYFS/KS1 each Term is based around a theme. However, it is important that the planning also reflects students’ interests and preferences. Therefore, a careful mixture of thematic planning and interest-led activities will be on display in each classroom.

2023-24 Thematic planning

In each classroom, areas are carefully planned and resourced so that learning is planned for and supported about the most ambitious level. Adults are clear about how learning can happen in these areas whilst students find them engaging and fun!

Example of an EYFS/KS1 indoor and outdoor provision plan:

How does EYFS prepare students for subject specific learning?

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