Canklow Woods Primary School

Canklow Woods Primary School

Part of White Woods Primary Academy Trust

Wood Lane, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 2XJ

01709 828405

Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage

'Children learn as they play. Most importantly in play children learn how to learn.'

- O. Fred Donaldson


We believe that our foundation stage is crucial to the development of firm foundations to built upon through the school journey and beyond. It is our intent that the children who are in our care develop verbally, physically, emotionally, personally and intellectually while building positive attitudes towards school and learning in order to allow the children to reach their full potential. Throughout school Readiness, Resilience, Respect, Risk-taking, Reflection and Responsibility are embedded in all aspects of our children's lives as they become lifelong learners in an environment of acceptance and support. We believe that all children deserve to be valued as individuals and we are passionate about helping to support children to reach their full potential. Our Early Years Foundation  follow a curriculum which has be guided by Development matters, starting from 2 year development right through to 5 years. Which includes the following seven areas of learning.

These are the Prime Areas:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

The Specific Areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Development Matters 2020

Revised version 2021

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We implement these areas of learning by providing  safe, stimulating environments that allows children to discover, be challenged, consolidate and achieve their very best whilst developing independence and resilience. There is a combination of adult led, teacher taught whole class, group and individual learning experiences along side full access to continuous provision. Throughout all of these areas of learning and at the heart of the curriculum are the characteristics of effective learning.  We strive to develop these key characteristics of ‘playing and learning’, ‘active learning’ and ‘thinking critically’ in order to give the children the skills that they will continue to draw upon throughout their development. Our learning environment both inside and outside are adopted to meet the different development needs of our children. Through using a unique child approach, believing every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured allows our practitioners to notice each child's development by noticing what learning is taking place and what skills are being used. Assessment is carried out through accurate observation which then informs future planning and children's next step in their learning. This enables us to ensure learning is embedded and consistent to make the best possible progress within our EYFS setting.

How we learn in Early Years

We engage children in learning from the very start by encouraging active learning through continuous provision, to ensure the children are motivated and interested. All areas of the Curriculum are planned for to ensure there is a broad, balanced and progressive curriculum and learning environment. Through observation and discussion areas of need and next steps are identified for all children. These observation are used to inform the next stages of planning. Bespoke personalised  learning and interventions for groups and individuals are implemented daily.

What is Continuous Provision?

Continuous provision is not just the resources that you have out all of the time. The purpose of continuous provision is to continue the provision for learning in the absence of an adult.  Areas within our Early Years Provision are created by need, linked to assessment and broadly levelled so that there is challenge and support in all areas for all our children.


The impact of our provision is providing quality and consistency in all areas of learning, so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind. We provide a secure foundation through planning for the learning and development taking place and review what they have learned regularly. Ensuring that every child is included and supported.