Learning in the Early Years

Learning in The Early Years at The Linden Academy

We are incredibly proud of our provision for children in their first year of formal schooling. Through a careful balance of play and experiential learning and more formal, adult directed teaching our children make excellent progress from their starting point.  

The curriculum at our school follows the Government’s ‘Early Learning Profile’ and ‘Development Matters’ documents. 

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. 

The prime areas of learning (usually the first areas of learning) are: 

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

These prime areas are essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. 

The specific areas of learning are: 

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

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. Our wonderful teachers will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs.  

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. 

An awful lot of learning takes place at home too! We invite parents to be part of their child’s learning journey and encourage the sharing of learning from home. Please see your child’s class teacher for more information on ways to let us know what your child has shown you they can do and on what you can do to help them move forward. 

EYFS Parents Guide from Foundation Years



eylog - A Learning Journey Personalised for Your Child

The Learning Journey for every child in the Early Years is recorded within school as a vital and valuable tool for assessing progress and promoting and recognising achievement. This journey is a partnership between school staff and the child's Parent/ Carer. Please find below an information presentation regarding how and why eylog is used as a web-based, secure method of recording the journey, into which the Parents/ Carers can contribute. We also provide below a copy of the policy that applies to eylog use.

eyLog Policy at The Linden Academy

Eylog Information for Parents/ Carers