Early Years: The Foundations of Learning

Aims and Vision for Early Years at Manor Beach

Our Early Years Curriculum provides all children with opportunities and experiences to develop positive relationships and attitudes, be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured and able to succeed as learners.

It has been designed to be ambitious and create broad and balanced experiences which are tailored to the needs and interests of our children and the wider community.

Our main focus is to develop the children’s resilience and life long skills, retaining knowledge which they can draw and reflect upon in future years, as they make links with the prior learning.

We provide high quality learning experiences through adult led and child-initiated activities which engage and challenge each individual.

Curriculum Design

All our staff have high expectations and through a well-resourced and stimulating environment ensure the best for every child. We encourage our children to become independent and curious learners through challenging activities and experiences.

High quality teaching and learning is centered around the children’s individual needs and interests providing the building blocks for the wider whole school curriculum.

Our curriculum provision develops speech and language skills to enable children to become confident speakers. We foster a love of reading through exposure to a variety of quality texts and genres. Our children have access to story times, nursery rhyme time, guided reading, home readers and individual reading time.

Our mathematics curriculum is taught through exploration of number, shape and measures in the environment and through real life scenarios, experiences and routines.

We build strong partnerships with parents and carers, engaging and enabling them to support their child’s learning, development and well-being. We do this through Class Dojo, parent workshops, stay and play sessions, parents evening, information leaflets, Facebook and class page on school website.


Children enjoy, engage and participate enthusiastically in their learning. They will develop into confident, curious and independent learners.

We use floor books supplemented with exercise books in Reception for Literacy and Mathematics, which share their successes and achievements. Our team interact and observe the children’s learning in order to inform interests which feed into planning, next steps and assessment.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

This is based around four themes, each of which is embraced and reflected in our broad and balanced curriculum.

A Unique Child

Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured.

Positive Relationships

Children learn to be strong and independent through the development of positive relationships with parents, carers, teachers and teaching assistants.

Enabling Environments

The environment plays a key role in developing, supporting and extending children’s development and learning, with adults responding to the children’s individual interests and needs, to help build their learning over time.

Learning and Development

Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and interconnected. The framework covers the education and care of all children in Early Years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

At Manor Beach Primary School we think it is very important that children understand that they are learners and that they have a role to play as a learner. 

The beginning of this leanring journey starts with 3 learning areas: Playing and Exploring, Active Learning and Thinking Creatively and Critically. 

We strongly believe that children should be taught how to learn and that there are certain skills they can develop which will mean they are more effective and successful lifelong learners.  Using Birth to 5: Learner for Life and Shirley Clarkes Thinking Classroom, we have  developed a set of ‘super learning powers’ with the children and these help them to become better learners.  Each one is a character with a story.  The children have loved learning about them and now talk about them all the time, telling us which learning powers they are using!

Overview of Learning Powers

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