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Early Years

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Our Early Years’ Philosophy is based on a deep understanding of the ways in which children learn through:

 Playing & exploring, doing & reviewing, direct teaching and building on from what the pupils already know and can do.

Learning at Woodside, journeys through repetitive learning opportunities that include ’concrete’, ‘pictorial’ and introduce some ‘abstract’ processes and experiences. This is to ensure each child has a firm understanding of what they are learning and have  the necessary procedural skills and knowledge to move on to the next stage of their learning journey and schooling.

We strive to ensure our pupils make outstanding progress.

The Early Years Foundation Stage, underlying principles sits within the whole school's curriculum intent.

Our Curriculum

Woodside Primary Academy is located in an area with a rich social and culturally diverse community; we use this as a basis for our curriculum which celebrates diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community whilst supporting the pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development. 

At Woodside we provide a broad, well-sequenced curriculum; which is enriched through themed topics and experiences, children's interests and fascinations. We are guided by our knowledge of early child development and the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework, for children aged from birth to five years. Our curriculum provides challenge and clear progression within the EYFS and into Y1. 

(See attached document for our full Early Years' curriculum statement of intent).

EYFS Areas of Learning

Prime Areas (Main focus for under 3's) Specific Areas

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (Building the bridge to - PSHE)

  • Self-regulation
  • Managing self
  • Building relationships

Literacy (English - Reading/Writing/Phonics/Spelling)

  • Comprehension
  • Word reading
  • Writing

Physical Development (PE)

  • Gross motor skills
  • Fine motor skills


  • Number
  • Numerical patterns 

Communication and Language (Oracy/Grammar/Comprehension)

  • Listening, attention and understanding
  • Speaking

Understanding the World (Building the bridge to - History/Geography/RE/Science/Computing)

  • Past and present
  • People, culture and communities
  • The natural world

Expressive Arts and Design (Building bridge to - ART/DT/Music)

  • Creating with materials
  • Being imaginative and expressive

Please click on the Nursery or Reception tab to read more about what we offer.