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Our Curriculum

Early Years Foundation Stage



We want children children to extend their cultural capital through a learning environment that actively encourages curiosity, inquisitiveness, problem-solving and a love of learning.


Our Early Years setting provides a happy, exciting, safe and fun learning environment. An environment where children are allowed and encouraged to examine, explore, share, make friends and express themselves.


We believe that the Early Years is crucial in embedding solid foundations that children are going to build upon. It is our intent that the children who join us in their early years develop verbally, emotionally, physically and cognitively whilst securing a positive attitude to their learning.

All children will be valued as individuals and we are passionate in allowing children to maximise their potential.



SLT and EYFS Lead will support all adults to understand our intent.

  • Home visits, class visits and Stay and Play sessions, time to make parental links.
  • Online Tapestry learning journeys
  • Supporting EAL home language and asking parents about learning
  • Continuous provision linked to assessment and what you know about the children.
  • Quality teaching both indoors and outdoors through modelling, describing, questioning and reminding.
  • Enhancements/learning priorities for practising/applying.
  • Direct teaching opportunities.
  • Utilising the children's interests.
  • Behaviour system that all staff follow consistently- all adults stop and listen to what has happened.
  • Opportunities for risk taking- supported and scaffolded!



Children will :

  • Have the skills, knowledge, attitudes, thirst for learning, ready for their life long learning.
  • Be willing to have a go, think critically, make links and apply learning across all areas of learning.
  • Build confidence and resilience learning through mistakes.
  • Be ready for the next stage in their education.


Every child has their own 'Learning Journey'


At Drapers Mills we use a secure online learning journal called Tapestry to build a record of a child’s experiences, development and learning journey through their early years education. 

Your child’s progress and learning will be captured in their online learning journal, which is available for parents to view at any time and available in app form.

We encourage our parents to be fully involved, as we want to create a precious and valued record of your child’s journey through their early years.
Photographs and observations about your child playing and exploring at home and in the Nursery generates a unique record to share with the whole family.

The communication between staff and parents that Tapestry enables, helps build a shared understanding of how every child can reach their full potential, as they begin their learning journey with us. 

More information about tapestry can be found here


Please click on the link below to find out more information about what your child will learn during their time at Drapers Mills Primary Academy as well as how the EYFS curriculum works.