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Early Years

The EYFS Unit at South Hiendley Primary School (SHS) aims to create a happy and caring atmosphere, where learning is made fun. Children are encouraged to develop self-confidence, become more independent and learn how to share and join in with group activities.

The EYFS offers a broad and balanced curriculum sufficiently flexible to allow for individual development. The fundamental role of the parent (s) / carer (s) is fully acknowledged within the setting, encouraging home / school liaison which is mutually informative.

The planning of learning experiences in the EYFS Unit is in accordance with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and curriculum guidance from Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Practitioners are committed to providing experiences for learning and development through the themes, principles and practice outlined in the documentation. The well planned Continuous Basic Provision and Focus Teaching Activities promotes a quality learning environment allowing the children to play and explore, take part in active learning and create and think critically.

Prime Areas of Learning are fundamental, interlinked and support development in all other areas.


  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Specific Areas of Learning include the key skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society.
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts & Design


The EYFS Unit aims to provide a balanced curriculum that encourages communication, thinking, exploration, investigation, cultural awareness, creativity and imagination. Play is considered the central element and a vehicle for learning. Weekly planning includes opportunities for child initiated and adult initiated / directed tasks. There is an emphasis upon interactive teaching methods.

Practitioners provide planned continuous basic provision within areas of the indoor and outdoor learning environments. The basic provision is enhanced according to planned activities. A phonics programme  ‘Letters and Sounds is taught using the phonics resource published by the Department for Education. ‘Letter and Sounds’  sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of supporting them to become fluent readers. The main reading scheme is the Oxford Reading Tree and is supported by other subsidiary schemes and a range of phonically decodable books.

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