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The Cambridge Early Years curriculum offers a holistic approach that focuses on the whole child and connects their development with the world and people around them.
The curriculum provides a comprehensive set of learning statements that gives a structure for teaching and learning in three stages: EY1 (for ages 3-4), EY2 (for ages 4-5) and EY3 (for ages 5-6).
The learning statements reflect well-established developmental milestones for children’s learning from ages 3 to 6. Milestones can never be an accurate indicator of what every child can do. Each child has their own developmental pathway which is shaped by many factors, including their home background and experiences. A child’s current level of knowledge, understanding and skills always needs to be considered when planning their next steps.
The Cambridge Early Years Curriculum is a planning tool and the learning statements within it are designed to promote progression in learning from EY 1 to EY 3 and onwards into primary education. It enables development of knowledge, understanding and skills through a spiral approach: by revisiting and engaging with topics and skills at deeper levels and in different contexts across the stages.
The curriculum content is split into six subject areas:
Speaking, listening, reading and writing are crucial to children's early development. Showing children the importance of language through fun activities and encouraging them to engage with a wide range of texts helps to ignite a lifelong curiosity for learning.
While the Cambridge Early Years curriculum is designed for teaching and learning in English, celebrating the home language(s) of learners is also very important.
The speaking and listening learning statements below illustrate progression across the three stages:
Creative expression allows children to communicate their ideas and develop their imagination through art and design, music, dance and drama. This important curriculum area brings together skills and cognitive processes from across the whole curriculum. The art and design learning statements below illustrate progression across the three stages.
At an early age, it's important to help children recognise how mathematics impacts everyday life. Through games and activities, we can introduce children to mathematical language, thinking and concepts that they will need when they start their primary education. The learning statements from shape, space and measure below illustrate progression across the three stages.
This area underpins children’s wellbeing and attainment in all other areas of their learning. It helps them to develop social learning and friendships, regulate their emotional responses and respond to the needs of others, and develop self-esteem and confidence. The learning statements below illustrate progression across the three stages.
Our curriculum encourages children to develop movement skills through play, promoting positive attitudes towards exercise and laying the foundations for healthy, active lives. The learning statements below illustrate progression across the three stages.
Children’s natural curiosity must be encouraged, so that they are equipped to reflect, question, explore and interact, and guided in their understanding of the world. This area of the curriculum lays foundations for a range of different subjects in primary education and beyond, including science, digital literacy, history, geography and religious education. The learning statements from scientific thinking below illustrate progression across the stages.