Early Years Foundation Curriculum

Welcome to Little Pips at Jesmond Gardens Primary School.

Jesmond Gardens Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) comprises of our Nursery children and our Reception children. We have two Nursery sessions per day (morning and afternoon) and 45 Reception aged children. Mrs Bostock and Miss Atkins are our Reception Teachers, Miss Scott is our Nursery Teacher. Mrs Bostock is team leader and responsible for leading our EYFS. 

The EYFS Framework explains how and what children in our EYFS will be learning to support their development. 

Our EYFS pupils learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through seven areas of learning and development. 

Children in the EYFS should mostly develop the three prime areas first, these are the areas we concentrate on in the beginning of Nursery. These are: 

  • Communication and language; 
  • Physical development; and 
  • Personal, social and emotional development. 

These prime areas are those most essential for children’s healthy development and future learning. The three prime areas are essential building blocks before progressing onto the specific areas. 

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in four specific areas. These are: 

  • Literacy; 
  • Mathematics; 
  • Understanding the world; and 
  • Expressive arts and design. 

These seven areas are used to plan our EYFS children’s learning and activities. Our EYFS staff members teach and support the EYFS children, making sure that the activities taking place in the EYFS unit are suited to each child’s unique needs, it is designed to be really flexible so that the EYFS staff members can follow the children’s needs and interests. 

Children in our EYFS typically learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. We have a free flow environment which allows all children to access the outdoors environment on a daily basis and in all weathers. 

Evidence of your child’s progress will be collected in a learning journal, these are available for you to look at on a regular basis. We value your input into your child’s learning journal. 

For more information regarding the EYFS please take a look at the following website or please don't hesitate to contact a member of the Foundation Stage Team. https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/improving-the-quality-and-range-of-education-and-childcare-from-birth-to-5-years/supporting-pages/early-years-foundation-stage