Early Years

Reception Year – The Foundation Stage

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

We implement this curriculum through the four guiding principles:

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

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.  Our school ethos of high but realistic expectations within a caring and inclusive environment begins in the Reception Year and pupils are taught through a combination of child-initiated and adult-directed learning from the very beginning. 

The EYFS curriculum consists of seven ‘Areas of Learning’

Prime Areas Specific Areas
Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Communication and Language Development

Physical Development



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design


In planning and guiding children’s activities, our teachers take account of the individual pupils and the different ways in which children learn and reflect these in their practice.  A key element of the EYFS is not only what children learn but how they learn and this is outlined through the three Characteristics of Effective Learning:

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

Our school provides an enriched and stimulating environment which support this and our pupils are keen and motivated to learn.

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.  At the end of the academic year, parents will receive a report about their child’s achievements against each of the ELGs and the Characteristics of Effective Learning.

Click here  to view a summary of the ELGs.