Our Reception and Nursery classes are part of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). We use the indoor and outdoor environments to support play and learning. All children have access to the garden throughout the day during free play or adult-directed tasks.

The curriculum is underpinned by the three Characteristics of Effective Learning:

Playing and exploring – engagement

  • Finding out and exploring
  • Playing with what they know
  • Being willing to ‘have a go’

Active learning – motivation

  • Being involved and concentrating
  • Keeping trying
  • Enjoying achieving what they set out to do

Creating and thinking critically – thinking

  • Having their own ideas
  • Making links
  • Choosing ways to do things


To read in more detail about our Early Years Curriculum Goals, please follow the link EYFS Curriculum Goals Reception

The Curriculum consists of seven areas of learning:

Three prime areas

Personal, Social and Emotional Development – developing confidence and independence as part of a group. Learning to take turns, show awareness of their own abilities. Develop perseverance and empathy.

Communication and Language – communicating with one another through speaking and listening skills. Taking turns when speaking, speaking in front of a group. Using language to retell or make up stories.

Physical Development – improving control and coordination of the body and learning to move and handle equipment efficiently. Developing gross and fine motor skills. Learning to move in different ways. How to keep healthy. Developing fine motor control for handwriting and letter formation. Taking care of own physical needs e.g. using the toilet and managing own clothing.

Four specific areas

Literacy – developing early skills in reading and writing. Using phonics to read and write words and sentences.

Maths – learning about number, counting, quantity, measurement, shape and space.

Understanding the World – investigating and beginning to understand the things, places and people around the local community. Showing an awareness of other cultures and religions.

Expressive Arts and Design – finding ways to communicate by using colour, shape, sound, texture, dance, movement, role play and stories.

Assessment and reporting

All children have an ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ profile online through Tapestry. Teachers and staff collect observations on the children and their achievements, and track these online. They also collect the children’s drawings and written work which is available in the classroom for children and parents to look at. The progress of each child is assessed termly to check that they are working within the expected range for their age. At the end of Reception all teachers complete statutory assessments of the children against the ‘Early Learning Goals’ .

Statutory Framework for the Early Years and Foundation Stage

Early Years and Foundation Stage – Nursery Goals

Early Years and Foundation Stage Curriculum Goals for Reception