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Grangetown Primary

Early years foundation stage

In the Early Years Foundation Stage children learn best when they experience learning first hand, through meaningful interactions with others, through physical activity and through play. Our Early Years practice is based on on-going observation and assessment of the children and their interests. We believe the best outcomes for children’s learning occur from either child-initiated play, actively supported by adults or focused learning, with adults guiding the learning through playful, rich and experiential activities. 


Our Long Term Planning in EYFS is informed by the following documents:

EYFS Statutory Framework 2017 (DfE)

Development Matters in the EYFS - A Unique Child - full document. (DfE)

A tailored version of Development Matters, produced by our staff for
planning & assessment purposes
EYFS Outcomes (DfE)

These documents have been used to set out a two year cycle of long term planning (A & B) in Nursery and Reception. Each document plans the objectives we want to cover each half term using the non-statutory guidance from Development Matters (see above) and the topics used to engage and promote the children's interests and needs.

Nursery Long Term Planning Cycle A 
Nursery Long term Planning Cycle B 
Reception Long Term Planning Cycle A
Reception Long Term Planning Cycle B 


We use the documents above to support the more detailed medium term planning. Each half-term we plan most of our activities around a new topic/theme and link these to the prime and specific areas. Core texts and songs are used to engage the children as well as 'hooks' along the way. These plans are adapted to meet the needs of the children in our setting using observations as a starting point. The medium term plan provides a structure and direction to the weekly short term plans, with ongoing assessments throughout the half term.