Downe Manor Primary School

Downe Manor, where everybody has the opportunity to be inspired to reach their full potential through memorable learning experiences


Early Years Foundation Stage

At Downe Manor Primary School, our main aim is to give children the best possible start to their school learning journey and inspire a passion for life-long learning. In the Early Years Foundation Stage, we strive to give children a strong foundation to grow, explore and succeed as learners. We want the children to feel secure, safe and happy, in an enabling environment where every individual is respected and valued.

We are committed to developing positive relationships where children’s well-being is paramount. We want children to have a voice and develop a sense of belonging, both within school and the wider community. We also value Parents and Carers voice by working in partnership with families who know their child the best. In EYFS, we ensure that the opportunities we provide are inclusive for all. We have high aspirations for children and believe that every child has the right to achieve their full potential. 

We believe that the provision we deliver should provide meaningful learning experiences that are exciting, curious and creative and that these should allow children to question, problem solve, collaborate and imagine. We ensure that the continuous provision that we offer in our learning environment is engaging, challenging and provides children with opportunities to develop both skills as well as knowledge and understanding in all areas of learning.

Play is central to learning and alongside first hand experiences, the school day is centred around a balance of structured and child-initiated learning, alongside high-quality adult interactions to support effective scaffolding and teaching.

Opportunities for outdoor learning are woven through the day and children are encouraged to explore and connect with the natural environment.

We plan and deliver learning opportunities using the EYFS Framework.

Children will learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through 7 areas of the development matters.

Development Matters - Non-statutory curriculum guidance for the early years foundation stage (

Prime Areas

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


Specific Areas

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