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Learning in the Early Years

At St Germans we aim to provide a safe, caring and nurturing environment during your child’s early years. We follow the Early Years Development Matters framework which aims to teach your child to develop independence, whilst fostering a love for learning. We use Tapestry to record your child’s learning journey.



Communication and Language

  • Listening, Attention and Understanding
  • Speaking


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Self-Regulation
  • Managing Self
  • Building Relationships

Physical Development

  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Fine Motor Skills



  • Comprehension
  • Word Reading
  • Writing


  • Number
  • Numerical Pattern


Understanding the World

  • Past and Present
  • People, Culture and Communities
  • The Natural World

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Creating with Materials
  • Being Imaginative and Expressive


Characteristics of Effective Learning

  • Playing and Exploring
  • Active Learning
  • Creating and Thinking Critically