Early Years (EYFS)


At Dilton Marsh C of E Primary School we believe that high quality EYFS education provides the foundations for understanding the world around us. Our aim is to create a learning environment and build relationships which support, enhance and invite a child’s curiosity, confidence and individual competency to flourish regardless of backgrounds, circumstances or needs. We aim to work collaboratively with parents and carers to encourage independent, enthusiastic learners who thrive and reach their full potential. It is our intent that children who enter our EYFS begin their lifelong learning journey by developing physically, verbally, cognitively and emotionally whilst also embedding a positive attitude to school and a love of learning.

Our school vision is Together, we strive to provide a safe, nurturing and challenging environment within our Christian ethos of kindness and respect.

We share a passion for life-long learning and strive for the best for ourselves, others and the World.

Children are encouraged to become independent, curious and resilient learners with the ability to learn from their mistakes and accept challenges.

“For Nothing is Impossible with God.” Luke 1 : 37

Through our school vision, we strive to have children who ‘have a passion for life-long learning’ and ‘curiosity’ to question the world around them. We want our children to challenge their thinking and know that possibilities are endless.

In EYFS we strive to develop children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through. The staff at Dilton Marsh C of E Primary School ensure that all children are exposed to high quality teaching and learning experiences, which allow children to explore their outdoor environment.

We aim to immerse our children in new vocabulary to aid their knowledge and understanding. We intend to provide all children with a broad, balanced and stimulating EYFS curriculum.


In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in EYFS, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school.

Our curriculum follows the Early Years Statutory Framework for the Early years Foundation Stage. This document specifies the requirements for learning and development in the EYFS and provides the prime and specific areas of learning we must cover in our curriculum. Through our knowledge of each child and formative assessments the EYFS team plan exciting and engaging activities that will move the children’s learning forward. This may involve following a class theme where we take advantage of cross curricular links in order to combine transferable skills and develop a wide-ranging vocabulary which underpins the children’s learning. This may also include following individual children’s interests and making the most of those focused moments where the teaching and learning can be maximised in a one to one way with teacher and child. Each year creates its own unique blend of whole class, guided, adult directed play and child-initiated play activities dependent on the nature and needs of the class of individuals. 

Children in EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active and thinking critically and creatively and this takes place both indoors and in our outdoor area. Our outdoor area is open all year round.  Children make their own decisions about where they learn best and teachers ensure that there are opportunities for all areas of learning both inside and outside.

Planning for EYFS is a process in which all teachers are involved to ensure that the school gives full coverage starting with EYFS.  EYFS teaching at Dilton Marsh C of E Primary School involves adapting and extending the curriculum to match all pupils’ needs. Therefore, the curriculum is tailored and individually planned so that it can be effectively taught using the infrastructure we have in place and so it can meet the needs of all our pupils. We aim to stretch and challenge the most able and develop the independence and confidence for the less able learners to all meet their full potential and beyond.


The impact of the EYFS curriculum is reflected in having well rounded, happy and confident children transitioning into Year 1.   We measure progress and children’s learning across the year through formative and summative assessment which are based on the teacher’s knowledge of the child.

The Early Years provision features in all areas of the School Development Plan and has a rigorous plan for development each year. This is monitored and evaluated by the EYFS Lead and the Headteacher.

The impact and measure of this is to ensure children have the desired skills which equip them to progress from their starting points, and within their everyday lives.

All children will have:

  • A wider variety of skills to make them digitally literate,
  • A richer vocabulary which will enable to articulate their understanding of taught concepts,
  • High aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life.
  • A curiosity for the world around them which will enable them to be inquisitive and question new concepts which come their way.
  • Grow to be confident, competent lifelong learners and good citizens.