Early Years Curriculum

We are very proud of the creative curriculum we offer here at Park Hill. The aim of our Early Years curriculum is to develop the children’s imagination, creativity and reasoning skills in order to stimulate and expand the functions of the brain.  We believe this to be a more understanding and natural way of approaching education than some traditional methods; involving children in ‘first hand’ experiences rather than learning ‘second hand’ from books, adults/others’ explanations, television etc.

Emphasis in our Early Years is on participation, investigation and deduction, giving rise to problem solving and discovery. Our highly skilled teachers are able to link all areas of the curriculum into the children’s learning environment. They can participate in a variety of activities linked to literacy, numeracy, expressive arts on a daily basis. The literacy aspects of the curriculum are taken from the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme. Phase one is the focus in First Steps where children get to

The Early Years curriculum is made up of the following seven areas of learning:

The 3 Prime areas of Learning are:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  1. Making Relationships
  2. Self confidence and Self Awareness
  3. Managing Behaviour

(e.g how to behave appropriately in school and beyond, to share and take turns. Kindness & consideration.  Acquiring a positive self-image, independence and flexibility.)

Communication & Language

  1. Speaking and listening skills
  2. Understanding and Speaking

(e.g listening to others, responding to stories, joining in with repeated refrain in a story, answering questions, understanding who, what, why and where questions.)

Physical Development 

  1. Moving and handling
  2. Health and self-care

(e.g balance and coordination, ball skills, music and movement, fine motor movements to strengthen pencil grip. Body awareness and respect for others’ personal space.)

The 4 Specific areas of Learning are:


  1. Reading
  2. Writing

(e.g fills in missing word or phrases in a nursery rhyme, book, distinguishes the different marks they make, describing main characters, in addition to pre-reading skills.)


  1. Numbers
  2. Shape, space and measure

(e.g counting objects one to one, recognising numbers, comparing quantities, using positional language, understanding concepts of size, shape, place, time and problem solving.)

Expressive Art & Design

  1. Exploring and using media and materials
  2. Being imaginative

(e.g creating music using musical instruments, singing favourite songs and nursery rhymes, role playing and using their imagination, expressive art, exploration with the full range of senses.)


Understanding the World

  1. People and communities
  2. The world
  3. Technology

(e.g can speak about their families, similarities and differences from others, role playing using small world items, woodland school, operating ICT equiptment.)

The Early Years school day is a balanced mixture of periods of quiet concentration and more energetic and expressive activities.  Pupils may work with an adult on a 1:1 basis or be part of the larger group, depending on the activity.

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