The EYFS curriculum

At Sampford Peverell the children are offered rich learning experiences in line with the Foundation Stage Curriculum. The Foundation Stage Curriculum is made up of seven areas of learning and development. These are divided into three prime areas and four specific areas. The three prime areas are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Physical development

Development in the prime areas enables children to go on and master the skills within the specific areas. The specific areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

In addition, the Characteristics of Effective Learning underpin the learning and development across all areas and support the children to be effective and motivated learners.

  • Playing and learning
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically

For more information about the Early Years Foundation Stage please visit:

The children access the curriculum through a play based approach and through a mixture of direct adult led teaching and child initiated learning. Each week new activities are set up inside and outside that promote independence, resilience and problem solving as well as supporting the development of reading, writing and number. Our learning is fun, active and play based.


At Sampford Peverell we use Tapestry, the interactive online Learning Journal, to record photos, observations and comments, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, building up a record of your child's experiences during their time with us.

We encourage you to add to your child's learning journal, adding observations from home where you have been impressed with your son or daughter's learning. 



Phonics and Reading

The school teaches phonics through the Read, Write, Inc programme (a synthetic phonics programme) and the children use the reading books from this scheme to support early reading.

Helping your child with phonics at home is a key part of their progress and we appreciate all of your support.  We know that many of you are keen to help your child in the best possible way, and in order to do so, please click on the image above to learn how the children should be ‘sounding out’ their words: