EYFS Curriculum Map

We are delighted to welcome your child to Wardley Primary school. This is a very important time for your child as it is the beginning of their journey at Wardley. We wish to work with you to make sure your child has the best possible start in school.

In Nursery and Reception we have high expectations and challenge each child to achieve the best they can. We offer a fantastic balance of adult-led and child initiated learning to ensure children make good progress.   

Areas of learning:

Within the Early Years Foundation Stage there are 7 areas of learning, these are:

CORE: These are time specific

  1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  2. Communication and Language
  3. Physical Development


  1. Maths
  2. Literacy
  3. Understanding the World
  4. Expressive Arts and Design

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning activities. Children in the EYFS learn by exploring, being active and creative, both indoors and outdoors. Over the year we will gather evidence which will form a profile of your child’s learning journey.

For more information about these areas, please visit:


Reception Curriculum and Learning

Children in Reception learn through a balance of child-initiated learning through play and adult-led focused activities. Phonics, literacy and mathematics are the focus for the mornings and children access the other areas of learning through topic-linked focus activities and play in the afternoons.  Our classroom has direct access to a Reception playground and a range of activities are planned for both inside and outdoor learning.

Long term plan for topic-linked focus:

Autumn 1


Autumn 2

Animals & Mini-beasts

Spring 1

People Who Help Us

Spring 2

Easter and Growth

Summer 1

Traditional Tales

Summer 2



Nursery Curriculum and Learning

Children in Nursery learn through a balance of child-initiated learning through play and adult-led focused activities. Children are actively encouraged to explore and develop their skills through play in core areas of provision such as the role play and home corners, as well as through planned activities. Teachers in the Nursery take time to identify children’s individual strengths and plan the provision accordingly.  Our classroom has direct access to a Nursery playground and a range of activities are planned for both inside and outdoor learning.

Long term plan for topic-linked focus:

Autumn 1

All About Me & Celebrations and Festivals

Autumn 2

All About Me & Celebrations and Festivals

Spring 1


Spring 2

Colour and Pattern

Summer 1

Mini Beasts and Life Cycles

Summer 2

Journeys and Holidays


A Literacy and Maths insight   

Children in Reception and Nursery begin the foundations of early reading through the school’s RWI phonics scheme. During the year children develop their recognition of initial sounds, early blending, spelling and handwriting skills. They then begin to learn to apply these skills to help them read and write simple sentences. For more details of this scheme please visit the RWI section of this website.

Maths is taught in a fun and practical way in both in Reception and Nursery! Some of the things we will be covering this year are:

  • Counting, including touch counting and estimation 
  • Understanding and using number 
  • Calculating simple addition and subtraction problems
  • Describe shape, space and measures
  • Practical Maths such as Maths in the Role-Play area.
  • Learn to recognise and order numbers to 0-20

School day times:

  • Nursery: Mornings: 8.40 -11.30   Afternoons: 12.45 – 3.00
  • Reception: Mornings: 8.40 – 11.45 Afternoons: 12.45 – 3.05

What you will need for EYFS:

  • Wellies
  • Water bottle
  • Book bag (can be purchased from the school office for £4.00)
  • A warm coat
  • Sensible school shoes (preferably with a Velcro strap)

Please can you ensure that all items brought into school are clearly labelled with names.  

What can you do to help?

Reading: Reading is a journey that children progress at different levels. At Wardley we start our reading journey in Nursery whereby initial sounds are taught until they are recognised fluently. When children are fluent in these sounds they move onto blending words. Staff aim to change books at least two times a week, please ensure you complete each task given with your child.

We use the Jelly and Bean reading scheme because Jelly and Bean books are for children just beginning to learn to read. Simple words, humorous stories and amusing illustrations help all children to become successful readers.

Have a look inside

You will need:

  • Bag of marshmallows
  • Food colouring
  • Washing up liquid


  1. Heat up the marshmallows until them become sticky.
  2. Add a squirt of washing-up liquid
  3. Add food colouring
  4. Enjoy the feel and texture in between your fingers. Strengthen those writing hands by playing with the mixture!!


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