Stirchley Primary School

  1. Curriculum
  2. Early Years Information (EYFS)

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop and grow quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to be successful as they move through each phase of school and, in later life, as adults.

Our highly skilled practitioners primarily focus on creating nurturing relationships with all pupils in order to best meet their needs. High quality learning and experiences are carefully planned to help develop the 'whole child' allowing all children to become well-rounded and successful individuals.


Our EYFS Aims:

  • To offer a safe, secure and nurturing environment
  • To make each child feel valued and support them to make friendships
  • To provide a stimulating environment where each child can learn through first hand experiences
  • To develop skills in order to become lifelong learners
  • To provide opportunities for the children to ask their own questions, stimulating curiosity
  • To provide an environment in which creativity, imagination and expressiveness are valued
  • To encourage independence  



Our Curriculum

The EYFS splits learning and development for children in Early Years settings into seven areas.  We offer a practical, hands-on approach where learning through play is at the heart our child-led curriculum. 

Prime areas

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

Specific areas

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


In order for children to have achieved a 'Good level of Development' by the end of Reception year, they need to have achieved the expected standard in the Early Learning Goals set out by the Statutory Framework for EYFS.


Characteristics of Effective Learning

As part of the Early Years Foundation Stage we use the Characteristics of Effective Learning to find out how children learn, alongside what they are taught.

 The Characteristics of Effective Learning include:

- Playing and Exploring

- Active Learning

- Creating and Thinking Critically

At Stirchley Primary School we have developed child-friendly terms and use The Achievosaurs to share the Characteristics of Effective Learning with the children and help them to develop the skills they can use throughout their lives.

To find out more information on our EYFS curriculum please click here



Outdoor Learning

At Stirchley Primary School, we recognise the importance of learning outdoors. The EYFS children take part in Forest Schools with Ranger Dean every Tuesday at Cotteridge Park. As well as this,  we make use of our EYFS outdoor area as much as possible- come rain or shine!