Early Years

Reception Year – The Foundation Stage

The children in the Reception Year follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum.

We aim to ensure that all children learn and develop well, are kept healthy and safe and develop a broad range of skills, knowledge and attitudes which provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

We implement the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum through the four guiding principles:

  • Unique child;
  • Positive relationships;
  • Enabling environments;
  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

There are seven ‘Areas of Learning’: three Prime Areas and four Specific Areas

Prime Areas Specific Areas
Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Communication and Language Development

Physical Development



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design

For more information on how this relates to ‘teaching and learning’ click here to see Atlanta Class’ termly overviews.

Each area of learning and development will be implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity. Children’s learning development will be supported through creating a rich and varied environment which encourages exploration. This includes both indoor and outdoor areas.

In planning and guiding children’s activities, teachers reflect on the different ways that children learn and reflect these in their practice. The three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:

  • Playing and Exploring (engagement)
  • Active Learning (motivation)
  • Creating and Thinking Critically (thinking)

During the Reception year, pupils are assessed against the Early Learning Goals (ELGs). Evidence that records each child’s developmental stage are kept in individual learning diaries and can be viewed by parents and/or carers to keep up-to-date with their child’s progress and development against the ELGs. At the end of the year, parents will receive a report about their child’s achievements against each of the ELGs.

Click here  to view a summary of the ELGs.