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 (Birth-3years, 3-4years, in Reception). 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.


From September 2021 we will complete the statutory Reception Baseline Assessment. This will be completed in each child's first 4 weeks in school. We will alo complete the school's own baseline tasks which focus on Letters and Sounds, Number, pencil grip and control and children's general readiness and their next steps in learning.

Each child will be tracked on an ongoing basis, from their baseline, and their progress recorded  in December, March and June.  At the end of the year the children will be  assessed as to whether they have attained the Early Learning Goals = (criteria in each of the following aspects of learning)

Listening, Attention and Understanding, Speaking, Self-Reguation, Managing Self, Building Relationships,  Gross Motor Skills, Fine Motor Skills, ComprehensionWord Reading, Writing, Number, Numerical Patterns, Past and Present, People, Cultures and Communities, The Natural World, Creating with Materials and Being Imaginative and Expressive

Characteristics of Effective Learning -overarching principles of EYFS (see attached document)

  • 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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