EYFS Provision

Principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The four principles as shown below underpin our practice here at Woodlands Primary Academy.

Here at Woodlands Primary Academy, we offer an EYFS curriculum rich in wonder and memorable experiences. We work hard to provide a stimulating learning environment that provides exciting opportunities, promotes challenge, exploration, adventure and a real love of learning.

There are seven areas of learning and development, all of which are important and interconnected.

Prime Areas:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Specific Areas:

  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

During their time in Nursery and Reception, the children will be supported in building Characteristics of Effective Learning:

  • Playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’ 
  • Active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements 
  • Creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things 

These characteristics give children the skills needed to become independent learners who are responsible for their own learning and thinking.


Play is an integral part of learning and is at the very heart of our Early Years curriculum. Our curriculum is co-created and guided by the children’s interests and fascinations. Staff are skilled at extending the children’s learning ‘in the moment’ to ensure that learning is of the highest quality and that children make progress in their individual learning journeys.

Our learning environments are language rich with adults modelling ambitious vocabulary, complimented with high quality texts. Children and adults engage in quality interactions during play and the children are encouraged to think critically and to problem solve.

Our children take part in formal phonics and maths lessons daily with key concepts being embedded in provision through play and exploration. On a Friday the children take part in music and P.E lessons led by subject specialists.

Curriculum Goals

A typical day in Reception