Curriculum in EYFS at Gilded Hollins
Our Curriculum in Early Years in built upon our knowledge of the children, information from parents,
inspiration from our community all underpinned by the educational programmes set out in the EYFS
Our curriculum is designed so that each programme of study begins with the foundations laid down
in the early years.
Our Curriculum is broad and balanced so that children can reach their full potential by learning new
skills and understanding the world around them. We understand the importance of the prime areas
of learning and aim to unlock potential through providing a nurturing environment where children
In Reception, phonics is taught through the systematic synthetic phonics scheme, Read, Write Inc.
Maths is taught through the use of the NCETM programme and White Rose maths scheme of work
in line with the rest of the school community.
We intend to equip our children with key life skills that will allow them to progress to the next stage
of education as confidence, resilience and capable learners.
Teaching and Learning
Our learning environment motivates, inspires and provides a safe space for children to think
creatively and critically within their play. The classroom is adapted to suit the cohort of children
within it and has spaces defined that meet the needs of individual children.
Adults play a key role in children’s learning, modelling, explaining and demonstrating to give
children’s high-quality learning experiences based upon communication. Children are taught key
vocabulary explicitly throughout the year and are taught to use these new words purposefully within
Each area of learning is planned out carefully to ensure that children are building on their skills over
time. Our children learn best when they are able to voice and extend their own interests within the
continuous provision. Staff are readily available to interact, comment and ask questions to deepen
children’s understanding and allow them to become experts in their own learning.
Children take part in a range of whole class and small group activities, and interventions are
implemented flexibly to meet the needs of all learners.
Children in Reception are included in whole school events such as World Book Day and singing
assemblies and are visited from a variety of professionals within the community such as artists and authors.
EYFS Long Term Overview
‘All about me’
‘Earth, Space and Beyond’
‘My Super World’
‘Animals Including dinosaurs’
‘Journeys, Tales and Adventures’
Lost and Found
Whatever Next The Way Back Home
Man on the Moon
Superhero like you
Harry and the
Bucket Full of
Once Upon A Raindrop
3 Little Pigs
Reading of High
CVC word building and reading
Reading of HFWs
Retelling a story
Match and sort
Compare size, mass capacity
Representing the number 4
Representing the number 5
Shapes with 4 sides
Alive in 5
Composition of numbers to 5
Growing 6,7 and 8
Composition of numbers to 6, 7, 8 Adding more
Length and Height
Building 9 and 10
Order numerals to
Composition of 9 and 10
Comparing numbers within 10
To 20 and beyond
Ordering Numerals to 20
First, then, now
Find My Pattern
Odd and Even
Rhyme and Music
Christmas carols and Song
Paint my World
Using instruments for rhythm
Let’s get Crafty
Past and Present
My family and me – our history
What is a timeline?
What have I celebrated in the past?
Has anyone ever been to the Moon?
Little People, Big Dreams – Neil Armstrong
How have I changed since I was a baby?
What did my parents look like when they were babies?
Was our school a farm?
Which people have been important in our world?
Little People, Big Dreams – David Attenborough
Did the dinosaurs live in Great Britain?
When are our birthdays?
How have I changed since the start of the year?
People, culture and Communities
My Local Area
Where do I live?
What places are special to me?
What places do I visit?
The country I live in.
What events do we celebrate?
How do we celebrate?
How do other people celebrate?
Chinese New Year
What jobs do my family do?
What jobs do other people do?
What happens on a farm?
What places are special to some people in our country?
Why are they special?
Who’s been on holiday? What was it like? Can I describe the difference between my holiday and where I live?
How is Africa different to the UK?
My Amazing Body
Air, water and weather
Plants and Growing
Dinosaurs and Animals
Water and Materials
Whole School values
Respect for Self; respect for others; respect for our environment
Our 6 rules
Try your best
Take care of property
Listen to others
Tell the truth
Use time wisely
Our 6 Qualities
Kindness, community spirit, resilience, honesty, perseverance, confidence