Early Years Foundation Stage at Abbey View

In Early Years at Abbey View we believe that every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and has the ability to be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

We aim to create an environment in which the children learn and develop, providing experiences which relate to their individual needs. We foster a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers. The children in EYFS learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships and a stimulating and happy atmosphere.

There are seven areas of learning and development that comprise the curriculum framework:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

These areas however cannot be delivered in isolation; they are all equally important and depend upon one another to support a rounded approach to a child’s learning and development. All seven areas are used to plan the teaching and activities to ensure that every child has the opportunity to reach their full and unique potential.

It is important to emphasise that at Abbey View we also teach the children how to become learners:

  • through playing and exploring, they become engaged, curious and willing to try new things.
  • through active learning, they learn to be motivated and persistent and to enjoy a sense of achievement.
  • by creating and thinking critically, they develop their thinking skills so that they can have their own ideas, make links between their experiences and make decisions and choices in their learning.

Formal and academic activities take place alongside child initiated learning and are available where possible both inside and outside.

Alongside the EYFS curriculum, all children have timetabled specialist lessons for Music and Forest School

EFYS Curriculum Map - we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

Area of Learning Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2


Settling in, ourselves, our family, rules and routines

Festivals and celebrations

Traditional tales

Pirates, superheroes, fairy tales

*Forest school

Extended story topic

(this changes year on year) & people who help us

*Forest school

Extended story topic

Farm visit to academy

*Forest school

Personal, social and emotional

Learning academy rules, boundaries & routines

Forming friendships and social skills

Sharing and taking turns with toys and resources

Building confidence and engagement

Bonfire night and firework safety

Staying safe in the dark-be bright, be seen

Team work and working together in groups


Playground games, looking after others in the class

Re-visit school rules

Feelings-persona doll

Developing likes/dislikes

Taking others suggestions and ideas into account

Our similarities and differences

Looking after the environment-re-cycling, litter

Looking after animals and plants

Thinking about endangered animals around the world

Learn about police, firefighters, paramedics, doctors, nurses etc. and when you might need them

Stranger danger



Moving up to Year 1 (transition)

Reflection on the year

New classes

Strengths and areas to improve

Communication and language

Listening to others

How to be a good listener

Following instructions

Special boxes-speaking & listening

Building vocabulary

Word games


Speaking in front of an audience (Christmas assembly)

Show and tell-home academy books

Using describing words

Speaking in full sentences

Connecting words: and, because

How and why questions and exploring question words

Asking and answering questions

Past and present forms

Speaking clearly and confidently

Explaining thoughts and ideas

Building on and extending vocabulary use

Class assemblies (speaking in front of an audience)

Physical development

Changing for PE

Explore movement

Move in different ways: hopping/skipping/crawling etc.

Funky fingers: fine motor skills to support hand strength

Handwashing and hygiene

Changing for PE independently

Move in different ways to music (dance)

Gross and fine motor movements continued

Pencil grip: moving towards tripod grip

Apparatus: learn to jump and land off apparatus safely

Balance and upper body strength

Build on climbing skills

Develop effective pencil grip

Form letter shapes (handwriting)

Ball skills: throwing, catching, kicking, controlling a ball

Develop effective pencil grip

Form letter shapes (handwriting)

Athletics: high jump, javelin, running etc.

Develop effective pencil grip

Form letter shapes (handwriting)

Healthy eating

Sports Day practice

Secure effective pencil grip

Form letter shapes (handwriting)


Name recognition

Begin phonics, phases 1-3

Become aware of logos and print in the environment

Exploring picture books and independent reading

Oxford reading tree characters & names

Handa’s surprise

Name writing

Writing words: labels

Guided reading in groups  starts

Letter writing


Role play, character play-hot-seating etc.

Explore various traditional tales

Story telling

Begin to write own story maps

Promote story writing

Sentence structure, begin to write sentences

Traditional tales e.g. Goldilocks and the 3 bears, The Gingerbread man, The 3 Billy Goats Gruff etc.

World Book Day

Explore books from different cultures

Letter writing

Diary entries

Labelling maps

Pirate stories

Superhero stories

Fairy tale stories


Information books

Make own information book

Capital letters



Activities related to extended story (focused on reading and writing)

Activities related to extended story

Securing sentence writing: finger spaces, full-stops and capital letters


Verbal count to 10/20

1:1 counting

Awareness of numbers to 10 and the associated amount

Ordering numbers

Numbers before/after

Begin number zoo

Number zoo continued

Counting two groups (adding)

Taking objects away

One more/one less, ordering numbers

Patterns and 2D shape

Introduce length, weight, height

Number formation

Addition/subtraction vocabulary

Begin to recognise symbols: +  =   -

Time: months of the year, days of the week, ordering the days

Money-counting 1p, recognising coins

Number formation



Compare different lengths, weights, heights and capacities

Use vocabulary associated with measure

3D shapes

Recording number sentences

Introduce counting on and back

Positional language and directions


Number bonds to 5, 10 and 20

Place value of numbers to 20-teen numbers

 Addition and subtraction: counting on and back

Doubling, halving and sharing

Problem solving

Problem solving with shapes and numbers

Counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s

Recording mathematical understanding

Sorting, ordering  and comparing different heights, lengths, weights and capacities

Understanding the world

Number zoo animals

Harvest time


Fruit tasting

Bread making

Number zoo animals


Bonfire night

Light and dark

Remembrance Day

Christmas and the nativity


Chinese New Year

Make Chinese noodle soup

New Year

Valentines day


Explore i-pads in groups

Bee-bots and other programmable toy

Floating and sinking


Pancake Day/Shrove Tuesday

Make pancakes


Mother’s day

Holi festival

Growing and planting

Babies-growing and changing



Father’s day

Mini-beasts and bug hunting (caterpillars & butterflies)

Holidays-the seaside

Farm animals-farm visit

Father’s Day

Eid celebrations

Expressive arts and design

Using paint and brushes


Singing songs e.g. nursery rhymes

Exploring musical instruments


Colour mixing

Scissor skills

Moving to music and different sounds

Using tools e.g. with clay

Make fireworks using junk modelling


Christmas cards

Role play and developing imagination

Puppets and puppet theatre

Design and make own puppets


Junk modelling-telescopes, boats, etc.

Singing pirate songs

Gentle music-lullabies and nursery rhymes

Make musical instruments


Design and make mini-beasts and their habitats.

Combing materials

Self-chosen tools and equipment

Design and make 3D under the sea shoe box