EYFS Intent Statement

At Mareham, the EYFS curriculum follows The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, which is the statutory framework for children’s development from birth to the end of their first (Reception) year in school.

At Mareham, our whole curriculum is driven by:

  • creating a sense of awe and wonder – curiosity, excitement, getting children to think and enquire more
  • our place in our world - respect for living things, local, national and global knowledge and beyond, cultures, traditions, diversity
  • vocabulary – refines and enriches communication, better understanding and language

Our Early Years Curriculum is designed to support children’s learning across all areas, through the provision of both planned and child-initiated purposeful activities and experiences within an environment of high-quality resources and interactions. It recognises each child as an individual with their own interests, motivations and needs.

The curriculum is divided into PRIME and SPECIFIC areas of learning. The early learning goals in the prime areas of learning cover personal, social and emotional development; physical development; and communication and language. The early learning goals in the specific areas cover mathematics and literacy.

We use a range of observations and assessments to plan for children’s next steps in learning and provide children with play-based, purposeful learning experiences. It is important for our Early Years teachers to gain knowledge of children’s individual interests so that these can be incorporated in the planning of relevant learning experiences. An essential element of this process is the link between home and school; parents know their child better than anyone else and are encouraged to contribute to their child’s learning journey.

By the end of reception, our intent is to ensure that all children make at least good progress from their starting points and are equipped with the knowledge and skills to have a smooth transition into Year 1. We are committed to providing the best possible start to their school life, teaching them skills and giving them experiences which will open up opportunities for lifelong learning.


 EYFS - Parent Guide