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Foundation Stage Curriculum

Curriculum Overview for Foundation Stage


The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Areas of Learning

At Sparken Hill Academy, we place our children at the heart of everything that we do. We strive to create a child-led curriculum which inspires and motivates our children and enables them to develop a capacity and love for learning, as well as providing them with a secure basis on which to build their confidence, manage their feelings and form relationships. We provide a multitude of activities and experiences to suit a range of learning styles, and place emphasis on the importance of first-hand experience and exploration in enabling young children to learn more about the world around them.


We teach to the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, within which there are 7 areas of learning. These are split into the prime and specific areas but are all important and inter-connected:


The Prime Areas

  1. Communication and Language
  2. Physical Development
  3. Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The Specific Areas

  1. Literacy.
  2. Mathematics.
  3. Understanding the world.
  4. Expressive arts and design.

Long Term Plans 

Medium Term Plans/Knowledge Organisers

We love sharing our school journey with our parents/carers. We know little minds sometimes struggle to tell you what they have been doing at school! So please see the medium term plans which are the knowledge organisers we send home. This is to let parents and carers know what we will learn about, so you can discuss this with your child at home. Please try and use our special sparkly words (new vocabulary) in your everyday conversations! Lots of talking is great to improve your child's reading and writing skills.  Giving your child lots of oppertunities to talk about the work we are doing at school will help to improve your child's memory, understanding and confidence. 


The foundation stage staff are always here to talk if you as parents/carers need some support understanding what we will learn about during the term.