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Welcome to The Early Years

In Reception we continue to work from EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) documentation. This is a statutory curriculum for all children in England and sets out clear goals (Early Learning Goals) which children aim to achieve by the end of Foundation Stage.  We plan around children’s interests following their lead in the topics they want to learn about. We set a baseline assessment for all children in Reception using this to plan effectively for children’s next steps. Children enjoy showing us what they can do and are quick to celebrate success. We model resilience throughout the Foundation Stage encouraging children to take risks and accept new challenges using a play based approach. Lessons are planned to be engaging and fun and continue to be assessed daily.  Progress is monitored by the class teacher and the headteacher Mrs Wood.

Reception Children follow the phonics programme “Letters and Sounds” and our school reading scheme which centres on the Oxford Reading Tree. All children in Reception have access to iPads please click here to see a list of some of the apps we use which can be downloaded on iPads at home.


So far in Reception the children have shown a massive interest in caring for our environment and exploring the world. We were introduced to a story called Leaf Man, who getting blowing away – in fact, all across the world! We explored different countries, our surrounding environments and our school to help find him. The children were able to share stories of their holidays with their families and fun places they have been. Each week we follow the children’s interests to see where our learning takes us. Click here to see where our topic has taken us so far this half term. 

 Curriculum Overview

We spend time developing prime areas (C&L, Personal Social and Emotional Development and PE) in order to prepare children to read, write and count. When children are confident in these areas we begin to plan for specific areas.



Reception: 01253 700331