Early Years & Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Welcome to our EYFS Curriculum Page

At St Michael in the Hamlet Community Primary School we have a nursery as well as two Reception class. Our nursery takes children from age 3 upwards. Both Nursery and Reception follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, (EYFS). 

EYFS policy document can be found on the School Policies page.

Our EYFS curriculum is based on the four guiding principles of EYFS

  1. Each child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
  2. Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
  3. Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs
  4. Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates

Our curriculum therefore is fluid rather than fixed. We are led by the children’s interests and needs, to ensure every child’s individual needs are met.

Our EYFS Charter is

Kindness, Community and Respect

We promote the three guiding principles of Permaculture for Children : Earth Care; People Care and Fair Share. 

Earth Care: We learn about the earth and especially focus on learning about the oceans in our SOS Save our Seas topic.

People Care: We focus on the importance of a sense of community and how to look after each other through kindness and respect.

Fair Share: We learn about sharing in the classroom and about sharing the extra we have with others in our community e.g. donations to the food bank.


Click on the link below for information about the Reception curriculum.

Our Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum -website

We have a theme for each half term. These are our topics in Reception.

Autumn 1 Over the Rainbow
Autumn 2 Carnival of the Animals
Spring 1 Once upon a time …
Spring 2 Circle of Life
Summer 1 Help !
Summer 2 SOS, Save our Seas !

Click on the link below for the Reception Overview:

Reception overview

Our curriculum covers the seven areas of learning. They are all important and are interconnected.

Three of them are more crucial and they are known as the Prime Areas. The other four are known as The Specific Areas.

The Prime Areas:

Communication and Language

Physical Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The Specific Areas:



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design

As we progress through the course of the school year, the children move towards school readiness for Year 1, with more structured activities throughout the school day.

Our EYFS Curriculum at St Michael in the Hamlet

The EYFS curriculum is a play based curriculum. We have both indoor and outdoor classrooms and access to the school  Wild Garden and field.

In Early Years we have what is known as Continuous Provision. Continuous Provision is the resources that we have out and available for the children throughout the whole school year. As we move through the school year we add to these resources and develop them to enhance the children’s learning of a new topic or to follow their interests. For example, last year we developed a hospital role play area and a spa role paly area from the children’s interests.

Throughout Nursery and Reception we are working towards the Early Learning Goals, (ELGs). There are 17 of these and they are spread over the seven areas of learning.

Click on the link below for the ELGs

Early Learning Goals

We plan for each half term’s topic for the seven areas of learning. We then deliver these plans through a carousel of activities in the mornings from Monday to Wednesday and through our continuous provision. On a Thursday and Friday we focus on outdoor learning in our playground, garden and Wild Garden. This allows us to develop different skills to those in the classroom. We have a separate book spine, (collection of books) for outdoor learning from the texts covered in our indoor classroom.

What does a day in Reception look like at St Michael in the Hamlet Primary School ?

8.45 am-9.00 am Welcome, meet and greet, hello song and register
9.00 am – 9.15 am Phonics: flashcards, multisensory activities and rhyming games and some writing from the scheme Monster Phonics
9.15 am – 9.20 am Daily exercises to different types of music, generally music that children don’t know, so that they are encouraged to develop their listening skills-Phase 1 phonics. Lots of arm movements in anticlockwise circles, moving arms up and down to help retrace vertical lines in writing and some diagonal arm movements to help writing. You can’t do it small for writing if you can’t do it big.
9.20 am – 9.40 am Literacy activity following the school literacy scheme Pathways to Write
9.40 am -10.10 am

This involves some independent time, not led by an adult

Carousel of 5 activities over Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Children do them all over the three days. One is usually writing, one maths, one reading, one creative activity and one construction.
10.10am –10.30am Snack, milk and chat
10.30am –11.00am Outdoor play
11.00 am – 11.10 am Short input by teacher- could be linked to maths, literacy or anything that needs discussion
11.10 am – 11.40 Second session of carousel
11.45 am – 1.00pm Lunch and outdoor play
1.00pm -1.30pm Welcome song again, register and maths activities
1.30pm – 2.45 pm Choosing time, with activities put out by staff to enhance learning. Staff work with children, listening to them read or doing maths, supporting their play and identifying their next steps for development. Tidy up time.
2.45 pm – 3.15pm Story, songs and home-time with Goodbye Song.

Input sessions are short and children have the opportunity to move around in these sessions, as they are multisensory and young children need to move. They develop their concentration through listening to stories. Children at this age need long periods of time to develop their play, and they are constantly learning through their play.    On a Thursday and Friday we have more Outdoor Learning . Our Outdoor Learning is structured, with sessions run by staff. Children love anything different and always surprise us with what they do with something they haven’t explored before. We use a lot of open ended resources that can be used in any number of creative ways.