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Hill View Infant Academy

Believe and Achieve

Early Years Foundation Stage


Throughout EYFS (Nursery and Reception) everyone works hard to develop each child's capacity to learn, helping them to make good progress and develop excellent attitudes.   


Learning in the Foundation Stage reflects the EYFS Statutory framework and Development matters guidance. (seen below) The curriculum is based around four principles:

  •  Every child is a unique individual who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers.
  • Children develop and learn in different ways. Practitioners teach children by ensuring challenging, playful opportunities across the prime and specific areas of learning and development.

Learning is categorised into seven areas: three prime and four specific.

Prime areas are fundamental; work together and move through to support development in all other areas. The prime areas are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge. They grow out of the prime areas, and provide important contexts for learning. The specific areas are:

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

 Characteristics of Effective Learning


We ensure that the Characteristics of effective learning support the development of the Unique Child in how children are learning.

There are 3 Characteristics of Effective Learning. Practitioners use these to make judgments about how children learn and to plan for next steps of progress which will engage and excite learners catering for their unique learning styles.







Our Nursery Vision

Long Term Planning


Medium term plans 2019-20

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

 Spring 1

Spring 2

Curriculum Leaflet



Development Matters


Our curriculum is adapted to meet the needs of the EYFS curriculum - Development Matters Document (click above photo) .



Class 9

Autumn 1- All About Me

Autumn 2- Animals

       Spring 1- Fairy Tales  

Class 10


    Spring- Dinosaurs    

Class 11

Autumn 1- Fairy Tales

Autumn 2- Pirates

Spring 1- Space

Class 12

Autumn 1- Pirates

Autumn 2- Seasonal Changes

Spring 1- Space