Overview of the Foundation Stage

The Reception Class is your child’s final year of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for Year One as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes.

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

 Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

The prime areas will help children to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive arts and design

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

Our School Day

During the day the children will learn in a variety of ways.

Throughout the day we have taught carpet sessions. Every day we will have Literacy and Numeracy carpet time. Throughout the week we will also learn through Come and See, Music, Art and Understanding the World.

The majority of the session will then be spent in ‘VIP’ time – Very Important Play. This is the time where children can choose their own learning focus and complete the challenges that they are set for the week. There will also be an adult directed activity alongside where children will have a taught small group activity.

Every day the children will have taught phonics session working from the Little Wandle scheme.

Children learn both indoors and outdoors and they can free flow throughout the day.

Children will have three specific guided reading sessions each week.