EYFS Curriculum Overview

At St James’ Academy we recognise that children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates. We value all areas of learning and development equally and understand that they are inter-connected.

Curriculum Overview 2021-22


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Areas of Learning

The EYFS is made up of seven areas of learning:

Three prime areas:

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

(These three areas are the focus of the nursery teaching in FS1).

And four specific areas:

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

None of these areas can be delivered in isolation from the others. They are equally important and dependent upon each other. All areas are delivered through a balance of adult led and child initiated activities, both indoors and outdoors. In each area there are Early Learning Goals (ELG’s) that define the expectations for most children to reach by the end of the EYFS.


“Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults.”

(Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, 2012)

Through play our children explore and develop learning experiences, which help them make sense of the world. They practise and build up ideas, and learn how to control themselves and understand the need for rules. They have the opportunity to think creatively alongside other children as well as on their own. They communicate with others as they investigate and solve problems.

Children are given the opportunity to be creative through all areas of learning, not just through the arts. Adults support children’s critical thinking and help them to make connections by showing genuine interest, offering encouragement, clarifying ideas and asking open questions. Children can access resources freely and are allowed to move them around the classroom to extend their learning.