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Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) set standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five years of age. All schools and Ofsted registered early years providers must follow the EYFS. At St Richard's Catholic Primary, we have one reception class called Castle Class. 


Children learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through seven areas of learning and development. These are split into 'prime areas' and 'specific areas' of learning and development. The three prime areas are communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development. The four specific areas are literacy (reading and writing), mathematics (number and spatial reasoning skills), understanding the world and expressive arts and design.