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Somerset Bridge

Primary School

Dedicated to Excellence Through Learning Together

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Somerset Bridge Primary School, Stockmoor Drive, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 6AH
01278 422100
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Somerset Bridge Values
Aspire to be the best we can in our behaviour, our learning and our hopes and dreams.
Brave to challenge ourselves and take risks so that we achieve the best we can.
Care for our school environment, so that we maintain a safe, sustainable and healthy community and set an example for life choices both within and outside of school.
Collaborate with all members of the community – pupils, parents, staff, governors, neighbouring schools and organisations in the local area - ensuring that all contributions are encouraged and valued.


The Early Years Foundation Stage

Nursery and Reception classes follow the Early Years Curriculum known as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The curriculum tracks children's progress from birth until 5 years   The EYFS has 7 Areas of Learning and Development which include 3 Prime areas and 4 Specific areas.


Prime Areas of Learning

Communication and  Language Development


  • Listening and Attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking


Personal Social and Emotional Development


  • Making relationships
  • Self-confidence and self-awareness  

Physical Development


  • Moving and Handling
  • Health and self-care

Specific Areas of Learning



  • Reading
  • Writing



  • Numbers
  • Shape, space and measures


Understanding of the world


  • People and Communities
  • The World
  • Technology


Expressive Arts and Design


  • Exploring and using Media and Materials
  • Being imaginative


The Prime Areas of Learning support a child’s development of identity, empathy enable them to form positive relationships, communicate effectively and become effective members of society.

The Prime Areas of Learning are the fundamental building blocks to a child’s development and learning and without a strong foundation in these areas it can make it more challenging for children to further their development in the Specific Areas of Learning. Should it be identified that a child is showing a development delay in the prime areas then additional support maybe needed from outside professionals such as Speech and Language or Occupational Therapist.

All areas of development in the EYFS are delivered through play based activates using a wide range of resources and opportunities. These are planned using the children’s interests and the Characteristics of Effective Learning.


Characteristics of effective learning

Playing and Exploring – Engagement

Active Learning – Motivation

Creating and thinking critically – Thinking


Please use the link below for further information about the EYFS and how you can support your child's development and learning at home.



Learning in Reception