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Early Years Foundation Stage

At Blackshaw Lane we believe that ‘Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential.  A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances.   A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.’


The EYFS framework includes seven areas of learning and development, all of which are seen as important and interconnected but three areas are seen as particularly important for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, for building their capacity to learn and form relationships and thrive (DfE 2014: 1.3), they support children’s learning in all other areas, they are known as the prime areas.


The prime areas are:


Communication and Language – Listening and Attention, Understanding and Speaking.


Physical Development – Moving and Handling and Self Care.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development – Making relationships, Managing feelings and behaviour and Self-confidence and Self-awareness.


The specific areas of learning develop essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society. The specific areas are:


Literacy – Reading and Writing.


Mathematics – Numbers and Space, Shape and Measures.


Understanding the World – People and Communities, the World and Technology.


             Expressive Arts and Design – Exploring and using media and materials and Being Imaginative.




We aim to support all children to become independent and collaborative learners. We will provide a broad and balanced curriculum that will enable each child to develop personally, socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically, creatively and intellectually from their individual starting points, in order to help them reach their full potential.


At Blackshaw Lane we will:


Give each child a happy, positive and fun start to their school life in which they can establish solid foundations on which to expand and foster a deep love of learning.


Provide a broad, balanced, relevant and creative curriculum that will prompt independence, self -confidence and perseverance.


Develop excellent relationships with parents and carers to build a strong partnership in supporting their children.


Provide a caring and inclusive learning environment which is sensitive to the requirements of the individual child including those who have additional needs.


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