Our Early Years Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is made up of seven areas of learning; 3 prime areas and 4 specific.

The prime areas of learning are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The specific areas of learning are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Early Years Foundation Stage at Waterside Primary School

At Waterside Primary School we are lucky enough to have one large Nursery class (Ducklings), split into two key worker groups  (Yellow and Brown Ducklings) and Two Reception Classes (Ducks and Swans) . Most children tend to join our Nursery the term after their third birthday, however we do have an additional few children that join us, as they enter into their Reception year.

Both our Nursery and Reception classrooms have been designed and organised to promote positive, engaging environments for the children to learn in. All classes have designated areas of learning to support different areas of the EYFS curriculum. At Waterside Primary school, we believe in the importance of outdoor learning and use our lovely outdoor area regularly every day for our continuous provision and for adult directed activities.

Children will have phonics and maths sessions for twenty minutes a day and these short and sharp group activities have proven to work well with our children and help them to retain information in short bursts. We follow the letters and sounds scheme of work following the sequence of sounds and memory words which match our home reading books which get sent home weekly. 


Below is the curriculum we offer at Waterside:

Early Years Curriculum

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