Our Curriculum – Phonics and Early Reading

“Massive Minds, Huge Hearts, Guided by God”

FOUNDATION STAGE (Reception Class)

The Early Years Foundation Stage ‘EYFS’ supports children from birth to 5 years in 7 areas of
Learning and Development.

The Prime Areas

  • Personal, Social, and Emotional Development.
  • Communication and Language.
  • Physical Development.

The Specific Areas

  • Literacy.
  • Mathematics.
  • Understanding the World.
  • Expressive Arts and Design.

The Reception year is the second year of EYFS and continues to build on the previous learning and
experiences from children’s pre-school opportunities.

The children are given opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling
environments fostering the characteristics of effective learning:

  • Playing and exploring.
  • Active learning.
  • Creating and thinking critically.

Children learn within the EYFS by exploring the world around them both inside and outside. They
access a variety of exciting and engaging activities which allow them to develop a variety of skills.
They learn through first hand experiences and by testing all of their senses. Children are taught
through topics which reflect the children’s own interests. In Early Years classrooms the children have
a real love of learning! During this year Parents and Carers are valued and seen as partners. The
children’s learning and progress is shared and discussed regularly with parents. Parents are also
invited regularly into the classroom to work alongside their children who are involved in activities
across all 7 areas of learning. Tapestry (the online learning journey) is used within the Reception
year to allow parents to both see the learning experiences at school and also to share with school
their children’s achievements at home.

For more information about the EYFS and how it is delivered in the Reception classes please make an
appointment to see the Early Years Foundation Stage Lead or the Headteacher.