EYFS Curriculum


EYFS Lead: Joanne Hartley


The Early Years Statutory Framework

Every child deserves the best possible start in life to reach their full potential. The EYFS sets the standard to ensure chilren develop well and are kept healthy and safe. The EYFS seeks to provide quality and consistency, a secure foundation, partnership working and equality of opportunity.

The framework sets out the three prime areas and specific areas of learning that underpin everything in EYFS. 

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development 
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Specific areas
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

All these areas of learning are connected together. The characteristics of teaching and learning weave through them all. Playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically. These Characteristics develop as they learn to do new things, acquire new skills, develop socially and emotionally, and become better communicators. 

A key way children learn is through play, by adults modelling, by observing each other, and through guided learning and direct teaching. Practitioners carefully organise enabling environments for high-quality play. A well planned learning environment, indoors and outside, is an important aspect of pedagogy.    


Learning Through Play at Holden Clough
Play is an important part of our Early Years Curriculum. It underpins everything we do. It gives our children confidence to explore and learn in a safe environment and be challenged in indoor and outdoor play. It allows them to make sense of the world. We want children to be able to try things out, solve problems and be creative.

  • We provide opportunities to learn indoor and outdoor giving the same value to both.
  • We ensure all adults are engaged, support and challenge children's learning.
  • We value and respect all our families and children.
  • We want our children to be resilient, confident and self assured.
  • We want our children to make good relationships with adults and peers. 


Outdoors is a key way children learn to problem solve, develop creativity and reconnect them with nature. Children benefit physically developing motor skills, muscle strength and coordination. It's good for children's well being to be physically active through play.  Playing and learning outside helps them to understand and respect nature. It helps develop problem solving skills as well as providing rich opportunities for developing imagination and inventiveness. 


Children working together to investigate.

Children engaging in an open ended activity.

Children working on developing upper body strength.
Balance bikes to build strength and coordination.

Developing our core strength.

Maths outdoors and problem solving with Numicon.

Investigating and observing living things.

We know a rich learning environment supports children's learning. Children learn and develop in a well planned environment responding to their individual needs and challenging children to move learning forward.  

 Reception Tales toolkit  Area.

Tales toolkit develops many areas of learning, skills and characteristics of effective including language, literacy, social skills, creativity, confidence, empathy, problem solving and lots more.

Nursery Tales toolkit area.

Examples of writing from Tales toolkit.

IMG_0888.JPGThe childern explored the life cycle of a chick for Understanding of the World.



They have rich learnning experiences through role play areas. 




The block area is used to develop mathematical language. Children plan the design before they can build and get planning permission.

To find out more about the curriculum your school is following please contact the school office mail@holdenclough.tameside.sch.uk


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