Teaching in Reception follows the statutory 2021 Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Teaching and learning is enhanced by our Adventure programme and a wide variety of interesting trips and visits which take place on a regular basis.


The 2021 Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum emphasises exploration, investigation, discovery and problem solving. Activities are planned which closely match each child’s individual interests. We take into account their preferred learning styles, carefully observe children’s play and plan stimulating, enjoyable activities which provide opportunities for further learning around this. We believe that children learn best through first-hand experiences which are sensitively ‘scaffolded’ by experienced and well-qualified staff; thought-provoking questions posed at the appropriate time foster deeper thinking skills, embed learning and begin to develop and challenge an enquiring mind.

The 2021 Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum consists of the following areas of learning:

7 areas of learning and development that are equally important and interconnected. However, 3 areas known as the prime areas are seen as particularly important for igniting curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building children’s capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

The prime areas are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

The prime areas are strengthened and applied through specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Years 1 and 2

At Clifton High School we offer the full Key Stage 1 Curriculum delivered by outstanding teachers using our excellent facilities. Our teaching is compliant with the National Curriculum but we are not limited by it. We regularly review and modify our teaching in light of changes in educational thinking and practice to ensure we maintain a broad and balanced approach, allowing our boys and girls to discover and develop every talent.

The curriculum for Years 1 and 2 is based on the following areas of learning:

  • English and Drama
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Theme (Geography and History)
  • Art and Design Technology
  • Music
  • Physical Education (PE, Games, Swimming)
  • Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE)
  • Religious Education
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Modern Foreign Language
  • ‘STEM’ and ‘Adventure’ incorporate many of the areas above and are taught more holistically in these sessions