The Meadows

Primary School

‘Play Together, Learn Together, Achieve Together’

Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

At the Meadows we promote a creative and stimulating curriculum; we do this by providing an enriched, topic-based approach through a variety of stimulating and exciting termly themes.

For further details about our school's curriculum for children in Years 1 - 6, based on the new national curriculum for September 2014, please view the National Curriculum page.


The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
(Reception Children 4-5 years)

The word 'curriculum' means 'a programme of learning', and within school children in Reception have a curriculum of planned activities and experiences in the same way as children in Years 1 to 6. However, during their time in Reception the children are involved in activities, which are based on the seventeen Early Learning Goals recommended by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA). This is known as The Foundation Stage Curriculum.
These Early Learning Goals are grouped together as three prime areas and four specific:
Prime Areas:
¨ Communication and Language
¨ Physical Development
¨ Personal, Social and emotional Development
¨ Literacy
¨ Mathematics
¨ Understanding the World
¨ Expressive Arts and Design

Within each of these areas there are a defined set of skills, knowledge and competencies, which children work towards achieving by the end of Reception. For more information about the Early Learning Goals, please click here.