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Early Years Curriculum

SET Maidstone Infant School – EYFS Long Term Plan 2020/21

Our Early Years long term plan is to follow the interests of the children in this year’s cohort and use these interests as a starting point to cover all seven areas of the curriculum, following the guidance in the Early Years’ Foundation Stage Statutory framework.

Autumn Term –
1st half-
Autumn Term –
2nd half-
Spring Term
‘Favourite Stories’
– Old and New
Spring CelebrationsSummer Term
‘All Creatures Great and Small’
Summer Term
‘All Creatures Great and Small’
Our bodies Personal history Healthy Eating Families
Light and Dark
Diwali (26th Oct)
Seasons Traditional tales Modern Classics Materials Bears SensesChinese New Year (12 February 2021 – Year of the Ox)
Shrove Tuesday Mother’s day Easter
Seasons Planting and growing Minibeasts Farm Animals – adult and babies DinosaursSea Stories Sea Creatures Floating and Sinking Holidays Sun Safety Father’s Day

Possible topics include:

  • Toys
  • Arctic/Antarctic
  • Pirates
  • Favourite Authors                 
  • Transport    
  • Pets/animals
  • Superheroes       
  • Nursery rhymes                
  • Castles           

Medium term planning is used to ensure coverage of the skills-based curriculum and to develop topics in greater depth.

If you would like to find out more about the curriculum our school is following then please ask:

  • Your child’s class teacher
  • EYFS and KS1 Leader – Mrs Collins
  • Miss Urey (Curriculum leader)

Early Years: Our Curriculum

At SET Maidstone Infant School we aim to offer a holistic approach to learning within the Early Years, understanding that individual children have different abilities, interests and needs. We plan and facilitate opportunities for development in each of the seven areas of learning, understanding that these areas need not work in isolation from one another. All areas are delivered through a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities.

We ensure that the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ are reflected upon so that teaching and provision reflects and meets the needs of individual learning styles.

Our curriculum is based on the revised Early Years Foundation Stage guidance. The ‘Early Years Outcomes’ are a guide to the expected progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The aim being that most children achieve the Early Learning Goals by the end of Reception.

There are seven areas of learning and development in the Early Years Curriculum.The Prime areas of learning are:
Communication and Language

Children are given opportunities to experience a language rich environment, to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and to speak and listen in a range of situations. We have received the ‘Every Child a Talker’ award.

Physical Development

Children are provided with opportunities to be active and develop co-ordination, control and movement. We help them to understand the importance of physical activity and making healthy food choices.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We help the children to feel positive about themselves and others. They are encouraged to form positive relationships and develop respect for others. The children develop social skills and learn how to express their feelings. We also help them to develop an understanding of appropriate behaviour and develop confidence in their own abilities.

The Specific areas of learning are:

The children are encouraged to link sounds and letters in their phonics sessions. We help the children to use these skills to blend to read whole words and to segment words to spell them in their writing. The children are encouraged to form letters correctly in their writing. We help the children to develop a love of books and stories by sharing stories daily, using props and story sacks and using small world play to make up our own stories and characters.


We want all of the children to understand mathematical concepts and be able to problem-solve in practical situations as well as recognise numbers and shapes. Young children learnt best by doing and talking, so we ensure the mathematical development is developed in an active and dynamic way, through practical and problem solving activities.

Understanding the World

The children are encouraged to think about their own lives and experiences, their families and the places where they live. The children will have opportunities to explore and investigate the world. They will observe and ask questions about the world round them. The outdoor environment allows us plenty of opportunity to explore nature and develop and early understanding of features of our local environment.

Expressive Arts and Design

We encourage creativity in all of the children. This may be through painting a picture building a tower or making a story world using the logs and dinosaurs outside. When this happens self-esteem is high, fine and gross motor skills develop and communication skills are enhanced. We provide varied and regular activities for the children to be creative.

Learning Environment

Our learning environment is set up to allow children the opportunity to follow their own ideas and interests and to develop independence whenever possible The Reception classrooms are set up to provide opportunities for children to extend their learning across the seven areas of the Early Years curriculum. The outdoor classroom allows us to experience all these opportunities in the great outdoors! The children have access to both the indoor and outdoor learning environments so appropriate clothing is important (hats for hot weather and coats, gloves in cold weather) to allow your child to take advantage of the opportunity to learn outside.

Messy Play

We take part in lots of ‘hands on’ and messy play activities within the classroom and outside. Aprons are provided for these activities. Wellington boots are provided for our digging area outside. If you wish to send your child in with a named apron or named wellington boots, these can be in a bag on your child’s peg.


Twice a week, the children will take part in a PE lesson in the School Hall or on the playground. This might take the form of dance, games or gymnastics.

Children are encouraged to get dressed and undressed for PE independently.

If your child has pierced ears then please make sure that earrings are removed on PE days. It really is important to name all items of your child’s PE kit, including plimsolls. Please ensure that your child has a full PE kit in a bag kept on their peg. Our PE kit looks like this (all items are available at the School Office)

How we assess in EYFS
  • Assessment in Early Years – view

Early Years Curriculum

For your child to achieve a Good Level of Development (GDL) they will need to meet the following statements at the end of their Reception Year.

Prime Areas
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Physical Development
Communication and Language
Specific Areas
Expressive Arts
Understanding the World