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Early Years Curriculum

At Farnborough Road Infant School we welcome children into our Early Years Foundation Stage from the age of 2 years in our Caterpillar Nursery. Children then progress in either our Butterfly, Ladybird or Bumblebee Nursery Classes at 3 and 4 year olds and then into one of our four Reception classes.

This is such an important time in your child's school life, where routines are established and relationships are built between children and between home and school. We will always do our best to work closely with you, to ensure that your child has a smooth and happy start to their learning journey.

 At Farnborough Road Infant School staff will plan and guide children’s activities, reflecting on the different ways that children learn. Children will be given the opportunity to:

play and explore -  investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’;

be active learners – encouraged to concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements; and

be creative and think critically - developing their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.

The Early Years Foundation Stage is divided into seven different areas of learning and these are divided into two further areas- The Primes and The Specific Areas.

  The Prime Areas of Learning include

  • Communication and Language (Listening and Attention, Understanding and Speaking)
  • Moving and Handling (Physical Development and Health and Self-care)
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (Making Relationships, Self-confidence and self-awareness and Managing Feelings and Behaviour)


The Specific Areas of learning include

  • Mathematics (Number and Shape, Space and Measure)
  • Literacy (Reading and Writing)
  • Expressive Arts and Design (Exploring media and materials and Imaginative)
  • Understanding the World (People and Communities, The World and Technology)


Statutory Early Years Framework

Parent's Guide for the Early Years Foundation Stage- What to expect when?

Please see our termly Curriculum News for more information about the key learning children will experience through these themes. We share weekly key learning objectives through our Our News Your News Books.


For more information about the Early years Curriculum see Mrs Price- Early Years Leader