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Early Years Foundation Stage



At Drapers Mills Primary Academy, it is our intent to work in partnership with parents and carers to encourage independent, confident and happy learners who thrive in school and reach their full potential from their various starting points.

It is also our intent to understand and follow the children’s interests and provide opportunities throughout the Early Years Curriculum to support, consolidate and deepen learning, ensuring that the children meet their next steps.

We are committed to providing both indoor and outdoor provision for the children to work in and explore and it is our mission that the children will make good progress from their starting point.

At the End of the year, it is our aim to provide effective support to the children in their transition into KS1.





In EYFS, we follow the Early Years Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, which can be viewed if you click on the link below.


This Framework specifies the requirement for learning and development in the Early Years and provides prime and specific areas of learning that must be covered within the Early Years Curriculum.




Prime Areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Physical Development

  • Communication and Language development

Specific Areas:

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design


The majority of learning within these areas is carried out in continuous provision, which are areas of the classroom specifically set up and organised to promote each aspect of learning.

When in these areas, an adult supports the children with their learning via the suggestion of activities, modelling of behaviour and use of language and by asking questions.


In addition to continuous provision, the children also participate in a daily Maths Meeting, a Phonics Lesson, a Talk 4 Writing session and a story time session. 


Though-out each week, the children are given plentiful of opportunities to work independently, collaboratively with their friends and with members of staff. Equally, there will be opportunities for parents and carers to come and work with their child, share their work and celebrate their successes.


At Drapers Mills Primary Academy, we promote the three characteristics of a good learner, which are:





The intended impact of the Early Years Curriculum is that the majority of children leave Early Years working at or above the expected level for their age – Good Level of Development.

In addition, it is the intended impact that the children:

  • are inspired to explore and learn more – i.e. have a thirst for learning.

  • develop the necessary skills to be a good learner – i.e. confident, resilient, look – listen and think, be curious, have a go, ask questions and learn from their mistakes.

  • can discuss their learning and remember what they have learnt.

  • apply the 3 characteristics of effective learning to their work.

  • be ready for the next stage of their school journey when leaving Reception.