“The Future Starts here”

“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality learning provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up”.

(The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2021)

Starting school is an exciting time: a time of new experiences, new friends and new places. and a step towards independence for your child. Our Reception classes offer very high quality provision and provide a secure and happy environment where your child can play, explore, experiment, investigate and learn. We also encourage the children to acquire skills and knowledge through first-hand experience, gaining a sound understanding of the world around them discovering for themselves at their own pace. General understanding must be strengthened before children can make sense of the specialised skills that school will soon be helping them to learn.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

Children in Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum. This is the same curriculum your child will have followed at their pre-school or nursery. The curriculum is separated into seven separate but interwoven areas of learning (three Prime areas and four Specific areas), each with its own Early Learning Goal. These goals are targets which the children are guided towards and challenged to achieve during their time in Foundation Stage.

These are:

 Prime Areas  Specific Areas
 Personal, Social & Emotional  Literacy
 Communication & Language  Mathematics
 Physical Development  Understanding the World
 Expressive Arts & Design

We are very proud of our Reception classes as we believe we offer children high quality provision and a positive, happy start to their learning journey.  Play offers important opportunities for young children to develop their communication skills. In addition, they learn to explore, investigate, try things out and learn alongside others. Carefully thought out routines are embedded and there is a familiar pattern to children’s daily experience. As a result they feel secure and settle quickly, gaining the maximum from their first experience of school.

What should you expect your child to be able to do at different times in his or her early development?

The following documents provide more information about the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and offer excellent guidance to both parents/carers and teachers about the common, typical milestones for children from birth to 5 years of age.

For more detailed information about Reception and the Curriculum, download our EYFS handbook or take a look at our weekly newsletters for examples of the sort of learning activities the children will experience.