Early Years Curriculum

“ Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right, and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.”    (EYFS)


 “What a child can do in cooperation today, he can do it alone tomorrow.”  ( Vygotsky )


The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) applies to children from birth to the end of the Reception year. It is important in its own right and it prepares children for later stages of education.

The curriculum of the Foundation Stage underpins all future learning by promoting and developing the prime areas of:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development

And the specific areas of

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design


The Teaching Environment
  • We strive to create an environment that encapsulates play and makes learning a fun and challenging experience. We value both the indoors and outdoors environment for all areas of learning and take into account the children’s interests and development in planning rich and stimulating experiences.


  • Play helps the children make sense of their world. They practice their ideas and begin to understand the need for rules. Children are given the opportunity to think creatively and solve problems both alongside others and independently.


The EYFS curriculum


  •  Our curriculum is defined by our children’s interests and objectives from the Early Years Foundation Stage and from the children’s individual next steps. The activities both focused and independent reflect all seven areas of the EYFS.  Each class follows children’s interests linking to the EYFS and Special times and festivals are celebrated together across the year group.


  • At FINS we follow the Read Write Inc. programme to teach phonics and the children have daily phonics input in the Reception classes. The children take part in a comprehensive programme encompassing phonics, reading and writing.  In the Nursery there are many opportunities to develop listening skills, extend vocabulary and create an awareness of different sounds. When appropriate the children begin the RWInc introduction to phonics.


  • Throughout the day every opportunity is taken to develop mathematical concepts and awareness. Children have daily maths experiences and planning for this is consistent across the Reception year group.


 Key  Stage 1 Curriculum

  • Click on the link below to download our key stage 1 curriculum overview. Please note, we are continually reviewing and updating our curriculum in line with the new national curriculum and in response to the needs of our children.We endeavour to update these changes on our website as soon as possible.
In addition to our overview we would also like to share the following information.
Maths – See separate planning


PSHE – See separate planning


Computing – In addition to cross – curricular planned activities, all key stage 1 children will access coding learning and activities delivered through Espresso coding.



Music – In addition to cross – curricular planned activities, all key stage 1 children access music lessons delivered through Music Express.


R.E – In addition to cross – curricular planned activities, all key stage 1 children access R.E lessons following the school’s R.E programme.


Read Write Inc – In addition to cross – curricular planned activities, all Reception and key stage 1 children access daily reading activities through out rigorous phonic and spelling programme.


P.E – In addition to cross – curricular planned activities, all key stage 1 children access bi weekly P.E lessons following the school’s P.E programme. This includes block learning of dance, games, athletics, outdoor adventure activities and gymnastics.
Click on the link below to download the primary national curriculum.  Please note as an infant school we follow the key stage 1 curriculum.