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The Almond​s Pre-School

EST 1966

Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

Within a nurturing environment, children are individually supported in developing confidence and self respect. They are encouraged to work and concentrate independently and also to take part in the life of the group, sharing and co-operating with other children and adults. Through activities and practical example, they learn acceptable ways to express their own feelings and to have respect for the feelings of others.

Communication & Language 

In both small and large groups, children are encouraged to extend their vocabulary and fluency by talking and listening and by hearing and responding to stories, songs and rhymes.

Physical Development

A range of equipment and opportunities, both indoor and outdoor, allows children to develop confidence and enjoyment in the use and development of their own bodily skills. Adult supervision enables children safely to create and meet physical challenges, developing increasing skill and control in moving, climbing and balancing. At the same time children are supported in the development of the fine motor skills required to use tools, including pens and pencils, and to handle small objects with increasing control and precision.


A well stocked book corner gives every child the opportunity and encouragement to become familiar with books, able to handle them and be aware of their uses, both for reference and as a source of stories and pictures.


With adult-supported practical experience, children become familiar with the sorting, matching, ordering, sequencing and counting activities which form the basis of early mathematics. Children are assisted to learn and use the vocabulary of mathematics, identifying objects by shape, position, size, volume and number. Songs, games and picture books help children become aware of number sequences and when they are ready, to use simple mathematical operations such as adding.  

Understanding the World

A safe and stimulating environment allows children to explore and experiment with a range of natural and manufactured materials. They learn to observe the features of objects and substances, recognising differences, patterns and similarities and to share and record their findings. A range of safe and well maintained equipment enables children to extend their technological understanding, using simple tools and techniques as appropriate to achieve their intentions and to solve problems.

Expressive Arts & Design

Children are encouraged to use a wide range of resources in order to express their own ideas and feelings. Art equipment, including glue, paint, crayons and pencils as well as natural and discarded resources, provides for open ended exploration of colour, shape and texture and the development of skills in painting, drawing and collage. Children join in with and respond to music and stories, and there are many opportunities for imaginative role play, both individual or as part of a group.

This Curriculum is delivered by means of 'Learning Through Play'