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Early Years Foundation Stage


At Dormansland Primary, we believe in providing children with a great education based on the Early Years Framework, with exciting and engaging experiences built upon their individual needs.  We do this within a safe and stimulating environment that gives them the opportunity to become ‘lifelong learners’. We inspire all the children to flourish and become confident, independent and resilient individuals by careful and stimulating planning and teaching of the school values which underpin everything we do.     

We are committed to providing children with a broad spectrum of learning opportunities, which ensures they are exposed to the cultural capital needed in order for them to grow a deeper understanding of the world around them.



We have passionate, enthusiastic and dedicated staff, who bring a wealth of experience and are knowledgeable of how children learn. Our school values are modelled by the staff, they are fun, flexible, inspiring, nurturing and challenging to all.

Our accessible environment allows the children to free flow inside and outside in order to access all areas of learning independently. Our well planned provision enables the children to develop key skills, whilst taking risks, in order to ensure the children can be successfully challenged and engaged.

We create a high quality, personalised curriculum which provides inclusion for every child. We endeavour to ensure that all children can make good progress from their starting points to the end of the year.


Our Early Years Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage is based upon seven areas of learning, divided into three Prime Areas and four Specific Areas.

Prime Areas of Learning:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: is enabling children to develop a positive sense of themselves and of others.

Physical Development - helping children to develop their gross and fine motor skills, self-care and a positive sense of well-being.

Communication and Language -  is developing understanding, listening and language.


Specific Areas

Mathematics - is building on early numeracy skills and developing mathematical understanding in number, calculating and shape, space and measure.

Literacy - is promoting phonic skills and early reading, comprehension and writing.

Understanding the World - is helping children to make sense of the world around them.

Expressive Arts and Design - is enabling children to make connections between art, music, dance, role play and imaginative play.


Children make at least good progress from their starting points within a child centred context. They thrive in their social, emotional and physical development, along with developing an excitement and love for learning. Children are challenged and are confident with taking risks independently. They have a smooth transition into their following year and will talk positively about their Early Years experiences in years to come.