The Vine Inter-Church

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Early Years Curriculum

Welcome to The Vine Primary School’s Early Years Foundation Stage. We aim to provide an exciting and creative education and we hope that you and your child will enjoy your time here. If you need any further information, please don’t hesitate to ask any of the staff.

The Early Years Curriculum comprises of 7 main areas of 'Learning and Development'. Within these areas, there are different 'Aspects', with 17 aspects in all. These are illustrated in the table below...


Area of learning and Development


Prime Areas


Personal, social and

Emotional Development

  • Making relationships
  • Self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Managing feelings and behaviour

Physical Development

  • Moving and handling
  • Health and self-caring

Communication and Language

  • Listening and attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking

Specific areas



  • Reading
  • Writing


  • Numbers
  • Shape, space and measure

Understanding the world

  • People and community
  • The world

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Exploring and using media and materials
  • Being imaginative

 Activities and provision are carefully planned and the indoor and outdoor learning environments are set up in order to challenge and support children in reaching their next steps. Children are encouraged to develop as independent learners who are confident and capable within school and the wider community. The team focuses on skills and consolidate these throughout the week. Many of the learning objectives are addressed through practical and engaging activities that may be led by an adult. The children learn through a thematic and ‘topic based’ approach within which they are firmly placed at the centre of their learning. The children are encouraged to take ownership over their learning and contribute to topic selection and planning. This approach ensures high levels of interest and engagement from children, which in turn drives their learning and progress.

We also support children in becoming resilient, life-long learners through promoting and celebrating the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ within our learning environment and daily interactions.


‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’


Playing and Exploring – engagement -Finding out and exploring -Playing with what they know -Being willing to ‘have a go’


Active Learning – motivation -Being involved and concentrating -Keeping trying -Enjoying achieving what they set out to do


Creating and Thinking, Critically – Thinking -Having their own ideas -Making links -Choosing ways to do things


Foundation Stage Action Plan