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Welcome to Reception Class

The Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) has its own stand-alone curriculum for Pre-School and Reception children in primary settings. The curriculum is organised into different areas of learning. Prime and Specific areas. The prime areas are essential because they lay the foundations for childrens' development in all other areas of learning. The specific areas provide a range of experiences and opportunities for children to broaden their knowledge and skills.

The Prime Areas are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

The Specific Areas are:

  • Literacy 
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring. Being active, being creative and opportunities for critical thinking take place both indoors and outside. Through both child-led play and adult-led play, your child will develop confidence, build relationships, develop their communication skills and extend their vocabulary. Staff plan according to the children's interests to ensure a full coverage of the above areas of learning.

At the end of the Reception Year, pupils are assessed against the Early Learning Goals for each area of learning. This will be reported to you in an end-of-year report. Attainment is described as either: emerging (working below the expected level) or expected (working at the expected level) and these are reported to parents in the end-of-year written report. This is a change from previous years as, under the new EYFS framework, exceeding (working above the expected level) has been removed.

Below is the Reception yearly overview of objectives. Our weekly overview and resources are available through Tapestry.

St Andrew's Phonics and Early Reading Support for Parents

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For more information on the EYFS:

Non-statutory guidance for the EYFS: Development Matters