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Early Years Foundation Stage

Nursery and Reception classes have been planned to provide a happy and secure environment where your child can learn and develop by following the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. The new curriculum was introduced in September 2012. The prime areas of learning are Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional and Physical Development. The four specific areas are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. These are taught within the three prime areas. Emphasis is laid on the Characteristics of Effective Learning, which are playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically; the ways in which your child learns.

Communication and Language
This area is divided into three sub areas; listening and attention, understanding and speaking. Your child will listen to a variety of stories, poems and rhymes and be encouraged to participate and ask questions. Teachers will encourage children to extend their vocabulary and speak within small groups.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

Children will explore their own feelings and those of others. They will be encouraged to become confident within the classroom setting accessing equipment and resources independently. Behaviour expectations will be introduced and children will become familiar with routines and rules of the classroom.

Physical development                                                                                                                                          

Children will become aware of their own space and learn to move with control and coordination. They will have access to a variety of tools and learn to use these safely. Children will learn to hold a pencil correctly and use it to form recognisable letters. Children will learn about the importance of keeping healthy including eating and sleeping habits. They will recognise the changes that happen to their bodies following exercise.


This area incorporates both reading and writing. Your child will learn letter sounds and names and use these when reading and writing. They will form letters correctly. Children will be encouraged to write labels, captions and short sentences using their phonic knowledge.


At Temple Hill Primary Academy, we believe that mathematics should be an enjoyable and exciting activity.  In the reception class children undertake practical tasks which involve matching, sorting and counting.  As they progress through the school they will be involved in both practical and more formal activities. 

At all ages they are encouraged to choose the equipment necessary to solve problems, to talk about their work, to explain their findings and to record their work in writing, through graphs and in tables.

The National Curriculum demands that children learn about "Using and Applying Mathematics", "Number", "Shape, Space and Measures" and "Handling Data".