EYFS Provision

Becoming independent, resilient and curious problem solvers and learners.


At Poplar Farm School we offer an exciting and varied curriculum which enables all pupils to reach their potential and become active, valuable and positive members of society.

We believe that pupils should have high quality knowledge, skills and understanding across a range of core subject areas as set out in the National Curriculum. We believe that pupils should develop life skills so that they can make a valuable contribution as citizens in a 21st century Britain.

We want pupils to be lifelong learners and to be prepared for their futures. We want pupils to have strong academic knowledge and skills such as analysis, reasoning, problem solving and conjecture. We want pupils  to have resilience, empathy, creativity and a growth mindset.

Alongside this desire to prepare our pupils for their future possibilities is the drive to make our world a better place, to make these pupils into active citizens who contribute and care for wider society. To think and act on issues such as climate change and caring for the environment. Pupils will develop the knowledge, skills and values they need to embrace the opportunities and challenges they encounter; creating a future that they want to live in.



Provision for EYFS - progression and play

These principles underpin our Early Years curriculum and guide our planning.

Well-planned and well-resourced play activities which allow for progression in a child’s thinking and understanding can provide the context in which these principles become the reality for all our children.

Progression in play reflects the observation and assessment of children’s knowledge, skills and attitudes in order to provide developmentally appropriate experiences. Children come to school already as skilled learners. Through our observations, assessment and professional judgement we gain valuable insights into how each one learns best. This information informs our planning to meet the needs of each individual child. Progression in play comes about as a result of a real understanding of the interests, needs and experiences of the child. 

All children at Poplar Farm School will be given opportunities to experience: 

Dramatic Play;

Sand Play;

Water Play;

Dough and Clay;

Table top;

Small world;



These opportunities will be both indoor and outdoor, expected to be 50-50 split. 

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum for coverage of the six areas of learning are: 

Area of Learning


Personal, Social  and Emotional Development

3 hrs 30

Language and Literacy

3hrs 30

Mathematical Development

3hrs 30

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

3hrs 30

Physical Development

3hrs 30

Creative Development

3hrs 30


21hrs (broadly 50% indoor, 50% outdoor curriculum)

Please click on the document below to view our full Curriculum Policy: