Crab Lane Primary School

'Where we belong, aspire and succeed'

Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum 

Curriculum Intent:

The intent of the Crab Lane EYFS curriculum:

  • To engage all children and ignite a passion for learning by creating a positive attitude to challenge
  • To look upon children as individuals; to listen and follow their interests
  • To teach children to understand themselves; be able to celebrate their strengths and form strong relationships with others
  • To embrace their home city of Manchester; the local community and its diversity
  • To cohesively include parents, as partners, throughout the learning journey 


The EYFS framework includes seven areas of learning and development that are equally important and inter-connected. However, three areas known as the prime areas are seen as particularly important for igniting curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building children’s capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.


The prime areas are:

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

The prime areas are strengthened and applied through four specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Curriculum planning, observation and assessment

We have a curriculum that is child-centred and that is based upon ‘WOW’ experiences and topics from enquiry-based questions. Our curriculum model is based around:

  • Talking and electronic floor books; including children’s interest and gaps in cohorts’ knowledge
  • Long term planning overview and Curricular Goals
  • Daily phonics taught through the Read, Write, Inc programme

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