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Early Year's Foundation Stage

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

It 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.

As well as being the core document for all professionals working in the foundation years, the EYFS framework gives mums and dads confidence that regardless of where they choose for their child’s early education, they can be assured that the same statutory commitments and principles will underpin their child’s learning and development experience.

An updated EYFS came into effect on 3rd April 2017. 

You can read the latest EYFS here…

EYFS profile

From following the Early Year’s Foundation Stage, all early years providers must complete an EYFS Profile for each child in the final term of the year in which they turn 5. For most children this is the end of reception year in primary school. (The end of Foundation Stage)

The main purpose is to provide an accurate assessment of individual children at the end of the EYFS. The profile describes each child’s attainment against 17 early learning goals, together with a short narrative about their learning characteristics.

You can look at the EYFS Profile here…..

Development Matters 

This is non-statutory guidance produced by Early Education and is a resource we use to implement the statutory requirements of the EYFS.

This guidance shows how the four themes of the EYFS Framework and the principles that inform them work together to support babies and children. The Unique Child develops and learns through interaction in Positive Relationships and Enabling Environments.  It illustrates how the Characteristics of Effective Early Learning may be supported and extended by adults as well as how they underpin the Prime and Specific Areas of Learning and Development.

We use Development Matters as part of our daily observation, assessment and planning. It can also be used at points during the EYFS as a guide to making best-fit summative judgements, with parents and colleagues across agencies, about whether a child is showing typical development, may be at risk of delay or is ahead for their age.  When we use Development Matters we remember that babies and young children develop at their own rates and in their own ways. The development statements and their order are not necessary steps for every child and should not be used as checklists.

What to expect, when?

It is widely recognised the vital role that parents have in supporting their children’s learning and development. Parents need to know what to expect in relation to their child’s development through the different age bands of the EYFS.

‘What to expect, when?’ is a simple guide which takes parents through the expectations of each age band in the EYFS and how they can support their children’s learning and development.

Dalestorth's delivery of the EYFS..

The FS1 (Nursery) and FS2 (reception) work together to deliver a two year curriculum whilst the children are in our Foundation Stage.

Below you can access Cycle B of the curriculum which lasts for one year.  These include the topics the children studied in last year -2016-2017.

You can also access Cycle A of the curriculum which is what your children are learning this year (2017-2018) if they are in nursery (FS1) or reception (FS2)  For more information on any of the topics in more detail, see the termly newsletters in the class pages.

In 2017-18 we will be following Cycle A

The National Curriculum for KS1 and KS2 (Years 1-6)

As a maintained school, Dalestorth Primary follows the National Curriculum.

This includes teaching: Maths, English, Science, Computing, PE, History, Geography, Music, Art, Technology and Foreign Languages (from age 7)  It is also statutory that schools will teach RE according to local guidelines and we also teach SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education) which includes British Values and PSHE.  SMSC is delivered throughout all we do but also in assemblies and specific PSHE and British Values lessons.


Please click on the links below for an overview/more detail about the National Curriculum itself.

Information on the National Curriculum

The Curriculum at Dalestorth

At Dalestorth we believe in giving children a broadly balanced curriculum that covers all the subjects above in a creative and inspiring way, but in a logical way so children understand what they have learned in each subject and topic and can relate it real life context and their next stage of learning.  We are keen for our curriculum to be interesting, fun and progressive. 

To help us plan and deliver our curriculum, we use the ‘Inspire Curriculum’ by Focus Education.       

 They have written a curriculum that covers all of the necessary learning objectives as well as a range of important life skills. They have ensured that there is coverage across the whole school and that no year groups repeat topics or cover the same area. Thus ensuring our children make excellent progress. 

Below is a copy of an overview of the different topics covered across the school and a bit about what they involve...


The topics highlighted on the curriculum topic documents above are the ones that are being studied for the current academic year.

Every Term the class teachers will send you a newsletter telling you more about these topics in much more detail depending on which class your child is in. You will find the Termly Newsletters in the 'class pages.'

We use the ‘Inspire topics’ to teach the National Curriculum areas of:

Science, Geography, History, Art, Music, Computing, Design & Technology and Foreign Languages. 


Click on the sub-pages below to see how the other subjects of RE, PE, SMSC/British Values/PSHE, Maths and English are taught.


The ‘Inspire’ Curriculum is also supported by other resources such as: Active music, New Star Science, and the LA Computing Framework.