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Curriculum EYFS

At Tidemill we believe that play underpins the delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. Through play, our children explore and develop learning experiences which help them make sense of the world. They practise and build up ideas, and learn how to control themselves and understand the need for rules. They have the opportunity to think creatively alongside other children as well as on their own, and have many opportunities to communicate with others as they investigate and solve problems.

There are seven areas of learning. In order to fully participate and enjoy learning, children need plenty of energy and language to learn with others. The prime areas are of learning are:

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


With these foundations in place, children are ready to explore and learn from the world around them. At Tidemill, we create a rich and stimulating environment both inside and outside the classroom. This encourages children to take risks and immerse themselves in real and imaginary worlds.

Our children have built rocket ships and travelled to distant planets, they have journeyed back in time to discover how the dinosaurs lived as well as experienced a day in the life of a local firefighter. Themes are carefully chosen to reflect the children’s interests and expand their horizons.

We work tirelessly to engage children. By making learning fun, our pupils are excited about their writing, resilient in their problem-solving and motivated to share their creativity. The specific areas of learning are:

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

You can see an example of the topics children learn through by looking at the curriculum map below. This may change in response to the interests of the children. To see a more detailed outline of each year level, please click on the long-term plan documents underneath the table.


If you would like more information about Tidemill’s EYFS curriculum, please speak to your child’s class teacher or ask to speak to the EYFS Phase Leader.


To find out more about each area of learning, have a look at Development Matters.

EYFS Topics


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2











Traditional Tales





People Who Help Us


Growing Plants









Nature Detectives

Growing and Changing (Animals)






Long Term Plans