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Early Years Foundation Stage

Welcome to Our Class! 


In Reception you will find the EYFS team of Mr Patel and Miss Martin. We work together to ensure the children in our care have the best start in school. We encourage them to learn how to socialise, make friends and develop their personality. Our aim is to ensure all children have the opportunity to develop into independent, resilient learners.


The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.


The four overarching guiding principles


There are four guiding principles in the EYFS that shape our practice. These area:


  1. That every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured

  2. That every child can learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships

  3. That children learn and develop best in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults

  4. The importance of learning and development. Children develop and learn in different ways


Areas of learning and development


There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape our educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.  


These are the prime areas: -


  • Communication and Language

  • Physical Development

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development


These are the specific areas:-


  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts & Design




The main aspects of each of the seven areas are: -


Communication and Language:

  • Listening, Attention and Understanding

  • Speaking

Personal, Social and Emotional:

  • Self-Regulation

  • Managing Self

  • Building Relationships


Physical Development:

  • Gross Motor Skills

  • Fine Motor Skills



  • Comprehension

  • Word Reading

  • Writing



  • Number

  • Numerical Patterns


Understanding the World:

  • Past and Present

  • People, Culture and Communities

  • The Natural World


Expressive Arts & Design:

  • Creating with Materials

  • Being Imaginative and Expressive



We like to develop a strong partnership with our parents as we find that this approach gives our children the very best start in their education. We therefore ask that children are supported at home by reading with an adult at home regularly and by sharing experiences together which can be uploaded via Tapestry. If you have any questions or concerns about your child's learning, please don't hesitate to talk to us.  


Our PE lessons will take place every Wednesday, therefore children should come into school in their full PE kit on a Wednesday. Physical Development is a key area of development in EYFS therefore we will also be working on this daily with fun and enjoyable activities. 


For more information about the EYFS curriculum, please see the documents below:



Thanks for your help and support, 

The EYFS team! 

2023 - 2024