Alcester Street


Yew Tree Community School

Our foundation stage curriculum is based upon the 2021 Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

The EYFS framework includes 7 areas of learning and development that are equally important and inter-connected. However, 3 areas known as the prime areas are seen as particularly important for igniting curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building children’s capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

The prime areas are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

 The prime areas are strengthened and applied through 4 specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design


Our curriculum aims to give all learners, particularly the most disadvantaged, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. We aim to support the learning of all children at every level through carefully planned activities and provision both indoors and outdoors, providing quality interactions between adults and children and extending children’s learning through challenge and questioning. Nursery and reception staff work closely together to ensure that skills and knowledge taught is built upon throughout foundation stage and all staff are trained appropriately so that there is consistency in planning, teaching and assessing children. Our half-termly topics are taught through stories; learning is therefore directly linked to topic specific knowledge and vocabulary. Puppets, props and Signalong actions are used when telling stories and learning songs and nursery rhymes in foundation stage, giving children a fun, interactive introduction to rhyme and story language. Where possible we provide real-life experiences to give learning a context and purpose. 


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