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St Joseph's Camberwell Catholic Schools' Federation


Early Years Foundation Stage


Our Intent

The EYFS plays an important part of this, setting the foundations for children’s learning at the beginning of their school life.


 Children in the Early Years follow the Educational Programmes as specified in Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage.

The children receive a broad and balanced curriculum that is accurately and thoroughly planned and purposefully sequenced across all 7 areas of learning.

These seven areas of learning are:

Personal, social and Emotional Development

Communication and Language

Physical development



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design

The ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ are at the heart of the Early Years Curriculum and explore the different ways in which children learn, highlighting the importance of ‘playing and learning’, ‘active learning’ and ‘thinking critically. All the learning experiences we plan for the children allow them to utilise and develop these skills.

A practical and playful approach to learning based on the needs and interests our children is delivered through topic based planning. We teach children in small groups, individually and in class cohorts. Through a combination of teacher input and continuous provision opportunities, learning is planned to encourage children to develop their learning independently and collaboratively through exploration and challenge.

Our learning environments, both inside and outside are stimulating and exciting whist promoting a calm atmosphere that is conducive to learning where children are excited to learn and happy to be.

 Curriculum Overview 

eyfs curriculum overview 2022 2023.pdf