Greenford Church of England VC Primary School

The Church of England


Early Years


Greenford Primary School is a safe and happy place to learn, work and play and this begins in our Reception class. We provide an engaging and enriching curriculum which responds to children’s needs and interests whilst embedding a positive attitude to school and learning. We work with closely with families (including transition, termly parent events, parent meetings, weekly ‘what we have learnt this week’ correspondence) and other agencies to ensure all children achieve their full potential. Children are encouraged to become independent, imaginative, confident and emotionally aware.

We plan a stimulating curriculum which values prior learning and embraces different cultures whilst providing a firm foundation for Key Stage 1. The timetable of the day balances adult-led carpet sessions, adult-led focused activities, independent tasks for the children to complete alone and together, and time for child initiated learning through play in our continuous and enhanced provision areas both indoors and out.

Our curriculum is designed to follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage alongside the non-statutory document ‘Development Matters’ which set out what a child should know from birth until the end of the Reception year. There are seven main areas of learning.

The Prime Areas:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

Communication and Language

Physical Development (Fine and Gross motor)


The Specific Areas:



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts

All of these areas of learning are linked and connected and the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ weave through them all.


Early Years Knowledge and Skills

Characteristics of Effective Learning

 Development Matters Birth - 5 Plus Early Learning Goals

Common Play Behaviours - Skills Progression

Continuous Provision and the Curriculum Subjects

Policies and Documents

Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

Greenford Early Years Policy