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General Curriculum Information

Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5.  At Ranskill we have three EYFS groups. Little Owls 2-3 years (F0) and Tawny Owls 3-4 years (F1), both of these groups are in our Nursery building. Barn Owls are Class One which traditionally has been known as the school Reception Year, (F2).


 How will my child be learning?

The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through

7 areas of learning and development.


Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first.

These are:

Communication and language;

Physical development;

Personal, social and emotional development.


These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas.

These are:



Understanding the world;

Expressive arts and design.


These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities.  Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

Our planning is used flexibly to take in consideration the children's interests and the different ways the children learn. We use observations of children, child and parent voice and their interests to build a curriculum that caters for our unique children. We use academic research to support our curriculum and strive to create an environment which challenges the natural curiosity of the children and build and extend their vocabulary.


Click here for full details of our curriculum overviews.