Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage at Severnbanks Primary School.

We look forward to working in partnership with you at the beginning of your child’s learning journey.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum

The curriculum is divided into seven areas.

The three prime areas are: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development.

There are also four specific areas: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

We link our planning to the EYFS curriculum but we also take into consideration the children’s interests and experiences.

Prime Areas

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Communication and Language

Physical Development

Specific Areas



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design


Communication, Language and Literacy
In the EYFS classrooms children are surrounded by a rich and engaging environment which supports all aspects of Literacy. Children participate in a multitude of practical activities, providing the basis for recording through writing. These are taught both discretely and through the topics covered in Nursery and Reception.
Speaking and Listening
Pupils are encouraged to express themselves clearly to individuals, groups, class and to a wider audience through assemblies and plays.
All subjects include opportunities for discussion, and they are also encouraged to share their experiences and talk about interesting events during 'Circle Time'.
Before children can read and write they need to have a good phonic knowledge. Initial sounds and blends are taught through the Letters and Sounds Framework.
Pupils have access to a range of texts and genres. They are taught key words through flash cards and games enabling them to recognise words by sight, and through the sounds of the letters.
Initially pupils are encouraged to 'mark make' using a variety of resources. They are then encouraged to express themselves on paper, writing for a variety of purposes including stories, poems, lists, recipes and letters.
Before a child begins to write, it is important that they have good motor skills. These are developed through activities such as joining construction pieces, cutting, playdough and threading beads.
Children learn mathematical skills and problem solving through a multitude of practical activities. They revisit all areas regularly during the year to ensure they have a good understanding of mathematical concepts.
They will learn about the following topics:
  • Sorting activities
  • Counting
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Shape
  • Measures
  • Time
  • Money
Helping at Home
There are many opportunities for you to give your child(ren) valuable practical experiences at home. These include:
  • Reading together
  • Drawing, painting and colouring
  • Making things - junk modelling, cutting and gluing
  • Learning Nursery Rhymes
  • Singing, clapping
  • Jigsaws
  • Cooking - weight and capacity
  • Board Games - Counting, matching, sorting
  • Being aware of shapes in the in the environment
  • Shopping - identifying coins and using money
  • Clocks - using a clock to identify important events during the day: mealtimes and bedtimes.
  • Learning how to get dressed independently
  • Do up and undo buttons