Learning

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Our youngest pupils follow the Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (EYFS). At Collingwood Primary School we have decided to accept the invitation from the Department for Education to adopt the new version of the curriculum in the year 2020-21.

The framework is divided into 7 areas which are subdivided into 17 Early Learning Goals (ELGs):

  • Communication and Language

    1. Listening, Attention and Understanding

    2. Speaking


  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

3. Self-Regulation

4. Managing Self

5. Building Relationships


  • Physical Development

6. Gross Motor Skills

7. Fine Motor Skills


  • Literacy

8. Comprehension

9. Word Reading

10. Writing


  • Mathematics

11. Number

12. Numerical Patterns


  • Understanding the World

13. Past and Present

14. People, Culture and Communities

15. The Natural World


  • Expressive Arts and Design

16. Creating with Material

17. Being Imaginative and Expressive

Click HERE for a copy of the Government document which provides further details of each area.

‘Characteristics of effective learning’ are also observed to find out the children’s preferred learning styles and interests. The characteristics are:

  • Active Learning

  • Playing and Exploring

  • Creating and Thinking Critically

Click HERE for an article that explains these characteristics in more detail.

We also promote British Values in the Early Years in line with Government guidance.

Click HERE for more details on 'Fundamental British Values in the Early Years'

Click HERE for how we promote British Values at Collingwood Primary School in Early Years


Our curriculum is delivered in a variety of ways including child initiated learning, adult led learning and play based learning. Children have access to high quality indoor and outdoor environments which are carefully planned to ensure each child achieves their full potential. At the end of the Reception year, children are assessed against the ‘Early Learning Goals’ (ELGs) and are given a ‘Good Level of Development’ (GLD). Children who achieve the GLD are working at the ‘expected’ level against the ELGs or are ‘exceeding’ these levels. If you would like to find out more information about the Early Years Foundation Stage at Collingwood, please contact Mrs Hammond, Phase Lead, who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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