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Burnley St Peter's

C of E Primary School

Yearly Overview

Topics this year: 


Autumn 1: This Is Me! 

Autumn 2: Let's Celebrate!

Spring 1: Under The Sea

Spring 2: Real Life Superheroes

Summer 1: Spring Into Life!

Summer 2: Once Upon A Time...

Development Matters

The Early Years Foundation Stage is split into 7 areas, 3 prime and 4 specific.


Prime Areas:

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

Specific Areas:

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


We assess the children in these 7 areas at the end of their Reception year to complete they Statutory EYFS Profile. 


The Characteristics of Effective Learning (CoEL) are a vital part of the EYFS curriculum. The CoEL cover the different ways in which children learn. 


In class we link each of the 9 CoEL styles of learning to a Mr Men or Little Miss character. When we have observed a child showing a particular style of learning we give them a sticker with the corresponding character and they move their face on our CoEL board in the classroom. We do this to support the children in understanding how they each individually learn.


Each of the 9 styles of learning fall under three main categories, below the CoEL's are listed with their corresponding Mr Men or Little Miss Character.


Playing and Exploring

  • Finding out and exploring (Mr Nosey)
  • Playing with what they know (Little Miss Curious)
  • Being willing to 'have a go' (Mr Brave)

Active Learning

  • Being involved and concentrating (Mr Busy)
  • Keeping on trying (Mr Bump)
  • Enjoying achieving what they set out to do (Mr Happy)

Creating and Thinking Critically

  • Having their own ideas (Mr Clever)
  • Making links (Little Miss Brainy)
  • Choosing ways to do things (Mr Adventure)