Early Years Foundation Stage


‘Provision for children in the Reception group has been a long-standing strength of the school.’

‘Children have a huge amount of fun because staff join in activities with gusto which makes activities exciting for everyone.’

Ofsted December 2014

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum at Fritchley CE (Aided) Primary & Nursery School

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others; to for positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.’ (EYFS)Physical Development

Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to their food.

Literacy, Communication and Language Development

Communication and Language and Literacy development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment that encourages them to express themselves as confident speakers and listeners. It also inspires them to develop the skills they need as readers and writers, through an enriched print environment that nurtures a love of books and storytelling and making marks. (EYFS)

Maths Development

‘Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.’ (EYFS)

Understanding the World Development

‘Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.’ (EYFS)

Expressive Arts and Design Development

‘Expressive Arts and Design involves enabling children to explore and play with a range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology. (EYFS)

Eco Schools

Our ECO attitude!

This is an aspect of our ethos that links closely with our passion for OUTDOOR LEARNING.  We value the importance for developing a rich environmentally friendly attitude, involving the children in creating, nurturing and respecting the world that they live in and for others around them.  The children have a curiosity and enthusiasm for learning outdoors and all the awe and wonder that this has to offer them.  Our Forest Friends teaching and learning is embedded into our ethos for outdoor learning. 

Forest Friends

Forest Friends is an exciting way to outdoor play and learning.  It motivates and challenges children to explore and engage with the natural world and within a woodland environment and encourages them to embrace and enjoy their climate.  Our children learn through an enthusiasm for being outside, they enjoy being challenged and are encouraged to take managed risks.  We are very proud of our beautiful grounds that allow magical outdoor learning opportunities to happen.

Global Citizenship

The ethos of our school is based on a belief in the basic rights and responsibilities we all share, to respect, love and show compassion for ourselves, each other and the natural world. Our long-term aim is thus to have a dynamic impact on the local community in which our children live and grow. This is seen by welcoming the community into our school through the monthly pensioners’ lunches, weekly choir group meeting in school and our generosity to our vulnerable homeless friends in Derby by making and donating sandwich packs each month.  We hope that this will consequently reach into and inspire other communities, thus spread the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to achieve a sustainable world.

Characteristics of Effective Learning

All children are born ready, willing and able to learn.  What children learn is underpinned by how they learn, and the Characteristics of Effective Learning concentrate on their development skills which enable children to learn.  These are skills for life.

The 3 areas of Characteristics of Effective Learning are:

Playing and Exploring (P&E)

Active Learning (AL)

Creating & Thinking Critically (C&TC)