Foundation Stage 2 (Reception)

A warm welcome to Reception at Priors Hall  a learning community.

Reception Team
EYFS and Year 1 LeadMrs Charlotte Brazier
Carle Class TeacherMrs Nic McNab
Jeffers Class TeachersMrs Charlotte Brazier
Miss Lucy Nisbet
Support StaffMiss Louise McAuliffe
Mrs Lynne Dorman
Mrs Andrea Ryzmski

Introduction to the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

In Reception, we will be following ‘The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage’ with guidance materials from ‘Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).’ This is statutory documentation and will be a continuation of your child’s learning if they attended a nursery setting.

Your child will be working towards The Early Learning Goals.

These are statements of learning that summarise the knowledge, skills and understanding that most children are expected to achieve by the end of their Reception year. These Early Learning Goals cover 7 areas of learning and development. Three of these areas are known as ‘prime areas’:

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

The four ‘specific’ areas, build on the early foundations in the prime areas and are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Some children may exceed these goals, while others may be working towards them. We can only assess the children on what they can do independently and we will keep evidence of your child’s independent work in books, which we call their ‘learning journey’.

Assessing and reporting children's progress

Staff observe children closely, and record observations of the child’s learning and development in each child’s individual ‘Learning Journey’ book.

ARC Pathways is used within Reception and nursery to track children’s progress and to identify next steps for the children. This is our way of tracking your child’s development over the course of 3 windows per year.

Parents/carers will receive a written report about their child’s progress at the end of every academic year. At the end of the Reception year, this report will include a summary of the child’s progress against the Early Learning Goals, which are the standards most children are expected to meet by the end of the EYFS.

A day in Reception

A typical day in Reception consists of learning through play and exploration of both the indoor and outdoor areas. The children can free flow throughout the setting and the adults will have set up ‘invitations to play’ and provocations to learn linked to the learning taking place that week. Throughout the day, there will be adult directed sessions where we teach a phonics, literacy and maths focus lesson, which build up to be around 20 minutes long.

In the afternoon, we will have a topic lesson after lunch. All learning is directed by the children, as we know this creates the most engagement for independent learning and fosters curiosity. We carefully observe, assess and plan to ensure that we meet children’s next steps through their engagement across the whole range of the EYFS curriculum areas.

Transition into Year 1

As the year progresses, we will be preparing children for their transition to Year 1 and Key Stage 1 in a number of ways, from working closely with other year groups, extending some of our directed teaching inputs and participating in whole school events with older children.