The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Priory Rise gives children the opportunity to experience the very best possible start to their education. At Priory Rise we ensure that our children establish solid foundations on which they can build for their future learning journey. This ensures that they continue to flourish throughout their school years and beyond. The EYFS prepares children for learning in Key Stage 1 and the KS1 National Curriculum.
Reception builds on what the children have already experienced either at Priory Rise nursery or other settings. Literacy skills are taught daily, with specific emphasis on phonics. The children learn to read and write using a phonic approach. The Sounds-Write program we use for phonics teaches the children to hear, say, write and read the sounds in words. Numeracy is also taught daily in a fun and practical way.

Each day our children will have learning opportunities, through purposeful play, in each of the 7 EYFS areas of learning. In practice, most activities will develop a number of different skills and knowledge. For example in role play activities children could be learning to play with others whilst developing their language or story telling skills or during modelling with construction children could be learning positional language, to count, special awareness skills and motor control.

Each week will be carefully planned to ensure children receive personalised learning experiences, taking into account skill development and interests. Some activities will be adult-led, whilst others will be independent activities chosen by the child. We provide opportunities for learning indoors and outdoors whatever the weather.
EYFS areas of learning
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) - providing opportunities for each child to become a valued member of their class and the school with a positive self image and high self esteem. Enable the children to learn how to co-operate and work harmoniously alongside and with each other and to listen to each other.
Communication and Language (CAL) - opportunities for all children to talk and communicate in a widening range of situations, to respond to adults and each other, to practise and extend the range of vocabulary and communication skills they use and to listen carefully.
Physical Development (PD) - opportunities for all children to develop and practise their fine and gross motor skills, and to increase their understanding of how their bodies work and what they need to do to be healthy and safe.
Literacy - opportunities for all children to explore, enjoy, learn about and use words in a broad range of contexts and to experience a rich variety of books.
Mathematics - opportunities for all children to develop their understanding of number, measurement, pattern, shape and space in a broad range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn, practise and talk.
Understanding the World (UW) - opportunities for all children to solve problems, make decisions, experiment, predict, plan and question in a variety of contexts, and to explore and find out about their environment and people and places that have significance in their lives.
Expressive Arts and Design (EAD) - opportunities for all children to explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of art, design and technology, music, movement, dance and imaginative and role play activities.
Themes or Topics
We have six broad half-termly themes. In each half-term children's learning activities will be linked to these themes. However these will be influenced by children interests and their ideas for activities. This overview broadly outlines the themes for teaching and learning in each half term. The teaching and learning which takes place will reflect the children’s interests and needs so this overview is seen as a guide rather than as a scheme of work. Each theme is flexible in time length.
Autumn 1 - Ourselves - me, family, friends, self care, food/diet, body, clothes/dressing, food, toys, out of school learning/activities/hobbies/interests.
Area of Learning Nursery Reception
CAL Listening to others, following instructions, speaking to adults/in a group, following directions, retelling events, building up vocabulary, separating from carers Sharing weekend news, following instructions, learning new routines, stories, story sacks/Pie Corbett activities, separating from carers, using talk partners
PD Toileting, being independent, eating snacks, moving in a variety of ways, using hall space Healthy diets, changing into PE kit, different ways of moving, pencil control, scissor skills, staying dry, using equipment, tidying up
PSED Sharing, making friends, waiting turns, understanding routine, seeking others to share experiences, accessing the environment, friendly behaviour, play in a group Sharing, making friends, collaborative learning, team work, waiting turns, solving differences, Write dance
Literacy Recognising name, favourite stories, rhymes, listening to stories, mark making, going to the library Using the library, phonic - initial code, book area, name writing, labels, writing has meaning and mark making
Maths Age, numbers 1-5, 1-10, counting in environment Numbers 1-20 recognition, ordering, counting, recording, 2D shapes, patterns, weight, measuring
UW Family, significant events, features in the home Families, using, iPads, computers, cameras, listening centre
CD Self portrait, songs adding actions, familiar rhymes, copying and imitating adults
Singing songs and actions, instruments, self portraits, using colour, range of media, tools
Autumn 2 - Where we live - homes & gardens, shops/shopping, space, contrasting localities, cooking, festivals, faraway places, holidays, maps
Area of Learning Nursery Reception
CAL Attention, recalling events in stories, using questions, following instructions, journeys to and from home, using ‘and’ and ‘because’, learning Christmas songs Journeys to and from home, sitting quietly during activities, focusing and concentration skills, 2-part instructions, designing own maps, looking at maps and using related vocabulary, Christmas songs
PD Changing into Christmas costumes, drawing and tracing using whole hand grip, using stairs, running, using space, scissor skills, drawing family, grip on tools Dancing, cooking, play dough, choosing a dominant hand, drawing maps outside, make own journeys and obstacle, drawing own house, building houses
PSED Turn taking and share, how we treat others, self feelings, making friends and joining play, feeling proud of achievements Sharing, turn taking, resolving differences, going to local shop
Literacy Mark making, shopping lists, pathways, chalking houses Labelling houses, Father Christmas letters, postcards, holiday list for suitcase, instructions, local area walk and make directions in chalk on pavement, rhyme
Maths Recognising numbers to 5, 1:1 correspondence, shapes in houses/school, shape walk Numbers to 20, adding and subtracting, estimating, patterns in brick work, wrapping presents, positions, height order
UW Comparing families and ourselves, local environment Comparing homes, families
EAD Junk model houses, construction kits Designing houses, construction kits
Spring 1 - Animals - jungle, pets, bears, farm, mini-beasts, dinosaurs, night and day, patterns, camouflage, habitats
Area of Learning Nursery Reception
CAL Jungle noises, bear stories, bear cave, non-fiction books on animals Jungle stories, rhymes, new word collections, bear caves, 3 Little Pigs, Going on bear hunt, Whatever next and others
PD Making sandwiches, going on a bear hunt, grip Making a picnic, obstacle courses
PSED Talking to unfamiliar animals, expressing needs New activities, new routines, developing indepedence
Literacy Asking questions about animals, tracing over names, invitations to picnic Rhyming string, recounting stories, Goldilocks, writing animal facts, using books for information
Maths Working with numbers 0-10, representing number, shape properties Time language, order/sequence day events
UW Going on a bear hunt, senses, habitats, petting zoo Comparing environments/habitats, petting zoo
CD Bear masks Making habitats for animals/feeders
Spring 2 - Water - seaside, under the sea, pirates, treasure, weather, seasons, car wash, water cycle, waterways, being healthy
Area of Learning Nursery Reception
CAL What do we know about water, where does it comes from, who uses it What do we know about water, where does it comes from, who uses it, sharing ideas
PD Waves, exploring colour in spray bottles, throwing and catching balls/hoops, treasure hunts Car wash, hygiene, healthy lifestyles
PSED Rainbow fish, our and others feelings Acting out jobs: fire fighters, pirates
Literacy Commotion in the ocean, rhyming words, labels, name writing, invitations to pirate picnic Blending and segmenting cvc+, writing signs, equipment lists, instructions for how to wash a car
Maths Numbers in sand on coins, ordering and recognising, positional language in a hunt One more one less, problem solving, recreating patterns, capacity
UW Where water comes from, floating and sinking Water cycle, drought, drains, floating and sinking, pipes, investigations, water treatment/sewage, Titanic
ED Making boats, pirates ships, pirate hats Making boats and using them for experiments, designing and making adaption, selecting equipment for car wash
Summer 1 - Let’s pretend - fairy tales, knights & princesses, weddings, superheroes, once upon a time, people who help us
Area of Learning Nursery Reception
CAL Pie Corbett fairy tales, acting out through role play Storytelling and actions using Pie Corbett
PD Continued name writing and pencil grip, changing into PE kit Handwriting, letter formation and size
PSED Needs of others, needs at home, wants and interests Behaviour and consequences, child parliament, changes in stride, asking for help
Literacy Retelling characters and events, problem resolution, recognising familiar letters Recalling what have read, reading polysyllabic, key words recognition, writing invitations, menus, order of service, vows, diary entry or postcard from honeymoon, superhero powers labelling, speech bubbles
Maths Grouping objects, beginning to understand more and less, number problems Doubling, halving and sharing, problem solving, time, counting in 2,5 and 10s
UW Visitors, setting for stories, link to own experiences e.g. doctors Visitors, wedding, weddings around the world: food, traditions
EAD Superhero badges, masks Making props for role play, costumes, badges, masks
Summer 2 - Natural World - life cycles, mini-beasts, human growth, animals, plants & flowers, historical events, light & sound, colour, night & day
Area of Learning Nursery Reception
CAL Current affairs Class assemblies, current affairs, responding to others stories/events
PD Storing equipment safely, effects of activity on their body, changing into PE kit, dominant hand, forming some letters, developing good pincer grip Managing buttons and fastenings, storing equipment safely, effects of activity on their body
PSED Transition to school Transition to Year One
Literacy Life cycle labelling events, parts of body, recognising words Labelling and explaining life-cycles, describing mini-beasts, descriptive language, punctuation, simple connectives
Maths Sorting and grouping, using mathematical language, number problems, becoming curious about number, counting things that can’t be moved 3D shape properties, problem solving, recording thinking, number formation
UW Chicks, life-cycles, growing up, baby pictures, asking questions about the natural world, why and how, care for animals and environments Similarities/differences, giving answers, human impact on animals/environment, animal care
EAD Changes sounds, describing texture Making musical instruments, rhythm and beats
Each curriculum area can be linked to the current theme e.g. during our natural theme we had an insect lab in the role play area. The children used clipboards to go on a mini beast hunt, they wrote down what insects they had found and drew pictures of them. This activity linked many areas of the curriculum together. Other activities that the children participated in were counting the spots on ladybirds and adding the number of legs on spiders as part of their numeracy development. They also children drew, painted and made clay and collage mini beasts as part of their creative development and learnt a mini beast dance as part of their physical development. All these activities provide a rich exciting curriculum for the children to take part in.
Learning out of school

We have put together a number of web site links which we believe are helpful in supporting children's learning, in particular literacy and numeracy out of school. In addition the school pays a subscription to Espresso to enable the children to access these resources out of school. All children are given the login details to enable them to access these sites.

In addition, we will post any relevant details on this page of the website which are pertinent to current learning or activities to support learning at home. This is a developing part of the school's web-site which we are planning to continually improve.