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Early Years

                                                        LEARNING IN THE EYFS!

Children learn best through play and real life experiences. At George Carey School, children are provided with opportunities to learn through a range of adult led and child led activities. Focus activities are provided every day, and children also have the opportunity to embed previous learning through our continuous provision, both indoors and outdoors. 


Our curriculum follows the seven areas of learning below that are the corner stones of the Early Years Foundation Stage utilising a topic based approach where appropriate.


There are 3 Prime Areas:


Personal & Social Development

  • Self-Regulation
  • Managing Self
  • Building Relationships


Communication & Language

  • Listening, attention and understanding
  • Speaking


Physical Development

  • Gross Motor skills
  • Fine motor skills


And 4 Specific Areas



  • Comprehension
  • Word reading
  • Writing


Mathematical Development

      • Number
      • Numerical patterns


Expressive Arts & Development – creative

      • Creating with Materials
      • Being Imaginative and Expressive


Understanding of the world

      • People, cultures and communities
      • The Natural World
      • Past and Present


Lessons are planned using the Cornerstones curriculum where children have the opportunity to develop their learning in these areas through a range of topics such as, Me and my community, Can you tell me a story? and Why do Zebras have spots?  Children also have the opportunity to take part in practical workshops and local visits throughout the year.


Children in the EYFS will spend the majority of their day learning through play both indoors and outdoors. They are supported with their learning through targeted focus activities and carpet session which focus on topic, literacy, phonics and maths.



George Carey
Church of England
Primary School

A Christian School For All

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Rivergate centre, Minter road, Barking, IG11 0FJ

Telephone: 0208 270 4040