The EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) is made up of our Nursery and Reception Classes. They all follow the EYFS Curriculum, learning through purposeful play and engaging activities in indoor and outdoor classrooms. Our EYFS endeavours to create an active and stimulating learning environment to give your child the best start possible start in life.


At Ark Priory we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. There are 7 areas of learning which give the children broad and varied curriculum, setting firm foundations for their learning throughout their school and the rest of their lives.


Areas of learning

3 Prime areas give them skills for learning

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

4 Specific areas give them opportunities to apply their skills, and to explore and learn further

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Many of the Areas of Learning are interlinked and so the activities that your child will engage in will cover many areas!

Characteristics of Effective Learning

Within Nursery and Reception we strive to cultivate children's natural curiosity for learning through developing the characteristics of Effective Learning including:

  • Playing and Exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go.’
  • Active Learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties.
  • Creating and Thinking Critically – children develop their own ideas, make links and develop strategies for doing things.

Miss Charlton, featured in the DfE's Foundation Years website

We are very proud that our Early Years Lead, Miss Charlton, has had her writing featured on https://foundationyears.org.uk/, a website is funded by the DfE Early Years VCS programme.

Click here to read the article.



There are many different stages of development within each Area of Learning. All staff within the EYFS are able to identify learning opportunities to meet the needs of each child as an individual. Activities are planned and supported to nurture and ensure every child will progress during their time in the EYFS. As well as planned activities we value each child's interests and ideas and we encourage child-led learning, developing their ideas into our curriculum and ensuring every moment is a learning moment. Assessment takes place through observation. Your child will have an individual learning journal through the programme EExAT which you are able to view and upload to throughout their time with us.

EYFS Results (70% 2016/17 National)

Good level of development

13/14 - 85%

14/15 - 92%

15/16 - 88%

16/17 - 88%

17/18: 83%

18/19: 85%

Phonics Screening (81% 2016/17 National)

14/15 - 100% Pass

15/16 - 100% Pass

16/17 - 100% Pass