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Welcome to The Early Years

Early Years – Early Adopter Status

At the end of their Reception year we assess your children and decide if they have met a set of early learning goals in different areas of learning. The government has decided to change the early learning goals that we use to assess your child and has offered schools the chance to adopt the new early learning goals one year early, in September 2020.

Our school has decided to become an early adopter school and from this year we will be using the new early learning goals to assess your children at the end of their Reception year. New guidance to support learning over the Reception year has been released alongside these new early learning goals, this is called Development Matters. Development Matters is not a checklist of things that your child should do, rather it is guidance for adults who work with children, to help them to support and embed your child’s learning journey.

What does this mean for my child?

Nothing will change for your child. We will continue to offer them the highest quality learning experiences in school and we will continue to develop the whole child, thinking about how they learn and who they are as individuals. We hope that your child is unaware that anything different is going on, it is definitely business as usual for them!

What does this mean for parents/guardians?

Nothing will change for parents/guardians. We will continue to support you to the best of our ability and value your opinions and knowledge of your child. We will still use EExat to record your child’s learning journey. Many of you may want to see the new goals and guidance and links to these are at the bottom of this letter.

What are we doing in school to support your child?

We have studied the changes and new guidance closely and are quickly becoming experts in what is expected of your child. At the end of the year we will still use our knowledge of your child, alongside some evidence we have gathered throughout the year, to make judgements about whether they have met their early learning goals.

Please come and talk to us if you have any questions, worries or concerns about this

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, we have introduced our topic ‘Me, Myself and I’. The children have enjoyed sharing their likes and dislikes, and have even shared their links from home through their treasure boxes. We are currently reading ‘What The Ladybird Heard?’. We have created maps, traps and have even been on the look out for Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len. The children are learning to structure stories through story maps and use story language when retelling their stories. Click here to see where our topic has taken us so far this half term. Have a look at the curriculum newsletter to see what we will be covering 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