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Shay Lane Primary School


Early Years Curriculum 

The Foundation Stage is important in its own right; the curriculum for the Foundation Early Years Foundation Stage is designed to meet the diverse needs of all children, enabling most to achieve the Early Learning Goals, and, where appropriate, go beyond.  Children aged three to five constantly encounter new experiences and seek to understand them, extending their skills, developing confidence and building on what they already know.  Children deepen their understanding through playing, talking, observing, planning, questioning, experimenting, testing, repeating, reflecting, and responding to adults and to each other. Structured and well-planned play, both indoors and outdoors, is the key to learning with enjoyment and challenge. At Shay Lane we strive to provide the best possible start to your child’s school life. 

The Foundation Stage Curriculum is arranged in seven areas of learning:

Three prime areas

  • Personal social and emotional development;

  • Communication and language

  • Physical Development

And four specific areas

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the world

  • Expressive art and design

We also teach phonics using the Letters and Sounds phases.


Click here to find guidance on your child's development and how you can help them at home.