St Matthew's C.E Primary School

Early Years Foundation Stage

In the EYFS we follow the seven areas of learning for the foundation stage:

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes. 

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework supports an integrated approach to early learning and care. It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children.

Key Stages — Emmanuel School

 Click on the images below for the curriculum plans for Nursery and Reception for the academic year 2021/22 at St Matthew's. 


We also have a list of quality texts and rhymes that the children will know well by the time they leave the foundation stage. These are listed below. These are linked to the Read Write Inc phonics scheme that we follow as a school.

Quality reading texts

In addition we have an action plan for the EYFS stating our targets for the year. Click the hyperlink below.

St Matthew's EYFS Action Plan 2021-22


The children take part in weekly Forest school sessions and daily outdoor learning in our extensive outdoor learning environment. 


We also ensure that children have learning brought to life with real experiences whether that be through visitors to school or through visits out of school in our school mini bus. 



 Parents are encouraged to support the curriculum within the Early Years through regular parent workshops, reading at home and home learning activities. 

We use the Ten town program to support the children with their Mathematical development, you can find out more by clicking on the picture below. 

EYFS Online


St Matthew's use the scheme Read Write inc to teach children their sounds reading for reading and writing. To find out more about Read Write inc please click the picture below. 

Read Write Inc. Phonics - Ruth Miskin Phonics Training

Here are some useful websites to support learning at home within the EYFS: