Curriculum areas

Our six curriculum areas help you to guide and support progress across all areas of development.

Communication and literacy

Speaking, listening, reading and writing are crucial to children’s early development.
Showing children the importance of language through fun activities and encouraging them t o engage with a wide range of texts helps to ignite a lifelong curiosity for learning.

Creative expression

Creative expression allows children to communicate their ideas and develop their imagination
through art and design, music, dance and drama. This important area brings together skills and cognitive processes from across t h e whole curriculum.


At an early age, it’s important to help children recognise how mathematics impacts everyday life. Through games and activities, we can introduce children t o mathematical language, thinking and concepts that they will need when they start their primary education.

Physical development

Our curriculum encourages children to develop movement skills through play, helping them t o develop positive attitudes towards exercise and laying the foundations for healthy, active lives.

Personal, social and emotional development

This area is central to children’s lives. It underpins their wellbeing and attainment in all other areas of their learning. This area helps them t o develop social learning and friendships, regulate their emotional responses and respond to the needs of others, and develop self-esteem and confidence.

Understanding the world

Thisareaofthecurriculumencourageschildren’snaturalcuriosityastheyexploretheworld around them. It lays foundations for a range o f different subjects in primary education and
beyond, including science, digital literacy, computing and humanities.