Early Years Foundation Stage

The Reception Class (a child's first year at primary school) is part of the Early Years.

The Early Years  Curriculum has:

3 Prime Areas

Communication and Language

 Physical Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

4 Specific Areas



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design

In each of these areas children work in age related developmental phases and a range of activities are planned using a topic/theme planned from the children's interests and the children take part in the planning and review process.


Currently the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile is used in the Reception class to assess each child from their starting point (baseline assessment) using the Early Years Outcomes developmental phases towards the Early Learning Goals. Assessment is ongoing and is based on teacher led and Child-initiated activities. Children are tracked and next steps and groups are based on this data. The data at the end of the Reception year is submitted as statutory assessment.

We have trialled the governments new Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA)- we are waiting for a final date for the RBA to become the statutory assessment in the Reception class. 


Early Years Foundation Stage Profile

During the Reception year assessment is carried out on an ongoing basis using the Early Years Foundation Stage Profie (EYFSP). Observations of Child- Initiated (self-chosen) activities are used to inform current attainment and next steps. A school baseline assessment is completed in the first few weeks in school in order to ascertain each child's starting point. Each child's progress is tracked through Early Years Outcomes/age related developmental phases towards the Early Learning Goals (ELG's) in 17 areas/ aspects of the curriculum.  Each child has a Learning Journey book where photographs, notes etc are collected and we encourage parents to contribute to these.The profile is completed at the end of the Reception Year where children's attainment of the ELG's will be assessed using the descriptors- Emerging, Expected, Exceeding which will be reported to parent's at the end of the year. A short narrative describing each child's Characteristics of Effective Learning will also be reported based on:

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


The Learning Environment

Within our setting children can access a wide range of activities both indoors and outdoors. The environment is organised so children can freely access resources to develop independence and responsiibility both indoors and outdoors. There is a balance of adult-led and self chosen/child- initiated activities.

For further detailed information related to planning and delivery of the Early Years Curriculum please visit the Reception Class page



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