At St Stephen Churchtown School, we place great value on the development of children as individuals and providing them with the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to prepare them for the challenges in Key Stage One and beyond. Our aim in the EYFS is to build strong foundations rooted in academic success as well as to achieve to their full potential socially and emotionally, so that ultimately our pupils go on to be active citizens of society and happy, curious life-long learners. 

Our curriculum is therefore the cultural capital we know our pupils need so that they can gain the knowledge, skills and understanding they require for success. They can only do that if we embed the right habits for learning through the Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning – Play and Exploration, Active Learning and Creative and Critical Thinking. This all takes place in the context of a safe and nurturing school environment where each individual child is known, and their learning journey is unique to them.

Our priority is to enable the children to succeed in the 21st century by providing a rich, relevant and exciting curriculum. In doing so the children will develop a lifelong love of learning. Developing oracy, talk and vocabulary skills to be able to express themselves, reading for information and pleasure, writing for different purposes and being able to apply their maths skills to real life situations, being able to explain, analyse and persuade is at the heart of what we do.  Embedded in this learning, children are taught how to behave, work together and be kind in order to meet the high expectations for behaviour.

EYFS Philosophy
Making every moment count to unlock a lifetime of opportunities. 
EYFS Continuous Provision
A child-initiated, play based approach which fosters and develops a passion for learning. The environment is carefully planned with high-quality, purposeful resources which have ‘earned their place’ and promote independence 
EYFS Intent

Our aim in the EYFS is to build strong foundations and resilience, so that all children can grow to become successful, life-long learners. We aim to create happy, safe and stimulating environments, building close working partnerships with our families and enabling pupils to develop independence, resilience and curiosity.  


  • To promote independent and develop resilience 

  • Create happy, safe and stimulating environments, built upon trusted and secure relationships 

  • Build close working partnership with our families 

  • Enable pupils to develop their own identity – Proud Peacock 

  • Promote Independence Choosing Chimp 

  • Develop resilience - Persevering Parrot  

  • Encourage children to learn from previous mistakes - Analysing Alligator 

  • Support children to make connections in their learning – Slinky Linky Snake 

  • - Boost children’s own creativity and curiosity – Creative Chameleon 

  • Encourage children to take risks -Go for it Gorilla 

  • Guide pupils in taking ownership for their own, planned for learning Exploring Elephant (Plan, Do, review) 

  • Provide opportunities for pupils to discuss their learning - Reflective Rhino 

EYFS Long Term Planning
EYFS Reading Spine

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