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
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.
We are trialling the new national baseline assessment in our school this year.The RBA (Reception Baseline Assessment) will be statutory from 2020. It is a short 20minutues practical assessment focusing on early literacy,communication, language and mathematical skills. It will be carried out in the first 6 weeks in school. For our ongoing EY assessment we will use:
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