Corpus Christi Primary School

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Curriculum Intent 

The curriculum intent for Corpus Christi aims to:

  • Be rooted in the principles of Catholic Teaching, encouraging our pupils to grow in self-awareness, becoming advocates of social justice, adaptable to any social context. 
  • Develop communication skills necessary for learning and life, promoting enjoyment, high expectations and standards in reading, writing and maths across all subject areas. 
  • Be memorable: providing diverse, SMSC rich opportunities from which children learn and develop a range of transferrable skills.
  • Raise aspirations, engender a sense of personal pride in achievement, provide a purpose and relevance for learning and ultimately to help every student to find strength and interests.
  • Empower pupils to respect each other and themselves, show respect and understanding for people of all faiths, race and gender, and for all living things, promoting stewardship and ensuring children are well prepared for life in a rapidly changing world. 

Curriculum in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

A summary of the framework is outlined below.

Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework 

Four Guiding Principles for the EYFS Framework

Throughout the Nursery and Reception, we follow the statutory framework for EYFS, supported by non-statutory guidance set out in a document called Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Development Matters in Early Years Foundation Stage

• Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured

• Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships

• Children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them to build their learning over time. Children benefit from a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.

• Importance of learning and development. Children develop and learn at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

These four themes that underpin all the guidance in the EYFS:

A Unique Child + Positive Relationships + Enabling Environments = Learning and Development

We also look for and encourage the development of the Characteristics of Effective Learning (CoEL), which thread through all areas of learning and support children to be effective and motivated learners. 

The EYFS is divided into 2 sections, prime areas and specific areas. 

  •  At Corpus Christi, we plan daily lessons and activities around these subjects. We set up areas of the classroom known as continuous provision. This is where our children spend the majority of their day. The areas are carefully set up to engage the children in appropriate learning for their age and interests. 

  • At the end of the Reception year, there are 17 Early Learning Goals (ELG'S) which are part of these areas of learning. If a child achieves this by the end of their Reception year then they are said to be working at the expected level. 
  • At Corpus Christi, we have a Nursery class and two Reception classes. The two Reception classes plan their activities and areas together to ensure children are given the same opportunities. Please see their individual class pages for more details.   

Nursery Curriculum Overview  Nursery Long Term Plan 

Reception Curriculum Overview Reception Long Term Plan 

EYFS Policy