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Early Years at Culmstock

The Early Years Foundation Stage at Culmstock Primary School


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


Marvellous Me!

Autumn leaves and winter trees


Up sprung spring

Once upon a time

Where we live


The Wheels on the Bus

Paws, Claws and whiskers




The Jolly Postman


All about weather

Happily Ever After

Beside the seaside

We ensure the curriculum that we provide is based on the themes that underpin the Early Years Foundation Stage Development Matters. We recognise the importance of these themes and how they contribute to good learning and development in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

The Early Years Curriculum: Development Matters

At Culmstock Primary School, we understand and recognise the importance of the Characteristics of Effective learning and how these can engage children, motivate them and develop critical thinking at a young age through any learning experience.

The Characteristics of effective learning:

  • Playing and exploring – engagement
  • Active learning – motivation
  • Creating and thinking critically – thinking


We use the development matters Early Years Foundation Stage which is a curriculum which runs from birth until the children leave Reception at the age of 5.


There are seven areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. These are then split up further into different aspects within them. There are three prime areas and four specific areas.

The Prime Areas of Learning:

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

The Specific Areas of Learning:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive Arts and Design


At the end of the Reception school year there are early learning goals that children are aiming to achieve. We assess the children using these learning goals. We hope that most children achieve a good level of development by the end of their time in Reception with us. We also realise that children learn at their own pace and if they do not achieve a good level of development, they will continue to have the support that they need as they transition into Year 1 at Culmstock Primary School.


Parental Engagement: Working in Partnership with Parents


Here at Culmstock Primary School, we recognise the importance of working alongside parents and in partnership with them. Together, we can build a ‘bigger picture’ of the children and enjoy celebrating their success and achievements from both in school and at home. As well as planned parent consultation meetings and school reports, we also use Evidence Me online learning journey, collect wow moments and provide parent workshops throughout the year. We also use 'Class Dojo' to update parents on any news, information or exciting learning experiences from Class 1. All parents can send us pictures of things they have been doing at home via Evidence Me and Class Dojo so that we have strong two way communications and can celebrate all the children's achievements and experiences together. 


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