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Somerset Bridge

Primary School

Dedicated to Excellence Through Learning Together

Contact Details

Winner - Eileen Brown 98.8%, Nazneen Ahmed Pathak 99.2%
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, Attention and Understanding
  • Speaking


Personal Social and Emotional Development


  • Self-regulation
  • Managing self
  • Building relationships  

Physical Development


  • Gross motor skills
  • Fine motor skills

Specific Areas of Learning



  • Comprehension
  • Word reading
  • Writing



  • Number
  • Numerical patterns


Understanding of the world


  • Past and present
  • People, culture and communities
  • The natural world


Expressive Arts and Design


  • Creating with materials
  • Being imaginative and expressive


The Prime Areas of Learning support a child’s development of identity and empathy, enabling 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, 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 Therapy.

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


Characteristics of effective teaching and learning

Playing and Exploring

– Engagement

Active Learning

– Motivation

Creating and thinking critically – Thinking







What to expect in the EYFS - a guide for parents and carers