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Early Years Foundation Stage



At Farne Primary School, we greatly value the importance of the Early Years Foundation Stage in providing a secure foundation for future learning and development. 


The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old.


In the early years of your child’s life play is crucial to their development and learning. Playing and talking are the means through which young children learn about themselves and the world around them. At Farne Primary School, children in the Early Years are offered a variety of play provision.


We also have an outdoor learning environment, which is available everyday – whatever the weather! The children learn through a carefully planned programme of structured play. Each day the children are able to choose from a range of play activities. They will be encouraged to work with staff at small group ‘focus’ activities and will all participate in some short, whole class activities. Staff work alongside the children and are able to adjust teaching to meet the needs of individual children. As children progress through the Early Years the level of focus activities and whole class teaching gradually increases, although learning through play is still central. Planned activities provide opportunities for children to explore, investigate and learn through first hand experiences and children are encouraged to become independent and confident. Through the curriculum, children work towards meeting the Early Learning Goals (ELGs).