Millside, Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO25 4SR

01377 830392

Kilham Church Of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

"Encourage one another and build each other up." (Thessalonians 5.11)

Curriculum & Policy - Early Years Foundation Stage

At Kilham CE Primary, we have one EYFS class that consists of nursery and reception pupils, known as Class 1. All pupils in Class 1 follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Our curriculum planning focuses on the children's interests, and we use these interests to plan a mix of adult and child led activities. 

This curriculum is play based, and involves a balance of children self-selecting activities, whole class, small group and individual activities which are adult led by the teachers and support staff. We also have a large outdoor area that children can access freely in all weather conditions. 


As a small setting, we are proud of how well we get to know our children. We are easily able to pick out areas in which they are struggling and plan appropriate next steps and support. We also get to know their likes and interests, and can use these to plan exciting learning opportunities personal to them. 

 Long-term planning in the Foundation Stage is based upon a rolling programme, where ‘themes’ are identified and developed according to the children’s interests and also considering the need to ensure coverage of the EYFS framework. Medium-term planning, based on these themes, is then produced and includes ideas for activities, visits etc. while taking the need to encourage children’s development through ‘Development Matters’ objectives. Short-term planning then specifies objectives and activities for phonics sessions, number-time, writing activities and other adult-led activities in addition to free-flow and child initiated activities.

During the Foundation Stage, all staff make continual observations to record the children’s progress. These assessments form an important part of the future curriculum planning for each child and are shared with staff, parents and carers and the Governing Body. These observations are made via 'Learning Book', an electronic Learning Journey that allows staff to use photo's, videos and audio clips as evidence of progress. These observations are linked up to the Development Matters scheme, and can be shared with parents on a regular basis. 

In Nursery we begin to teach the building blocks of reading through early exposure to texts, language and through sound discrimination activities. We use Government guidance called Letters and Sounds to help teachers plan progression in phonic skills throughout Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1. It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven. 

We use a document called 'Development Matters', which identifies learning objectives for children at different stages of development. Learning activities to meet these objectives are planned into the EYFS curriculum at different points in the year - as specified in the example planning document below. 

EYFS (Class 1) -  2020-21