Children develop quickly in the early years, and we aim to do all that we can to help children have the best possible start in life. Children have a right to provision, which enables them to develop their personalities, talents, and abilities and we provide a stimulating and safe environment, which nurtures this development.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) consists of seven areas of learning divided into three ‘prime’ areas and four ‘specific’ areas.

The 'prime' areas are:

¨ Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

¨ Communication and Language (CL)

¨ Physical Development (PD)

These three areas reflect the areas used in healthy development reviews by health visitors when children reach two to two and a half years of age.

The 'specific' areas are:

¨ Literacy (L)

¨ Mathematics (M)

¨ Understanding the world (UW)

¨ Expressive arts and design (EAD)

The categories for these specific areas aim to reflect the holistic nature of young children's learning and the 'subjects' that this learning will eventually slot into in the school curriculum, such as art, music, science, design and technology.

Play as a vehicle for learning

Children aged three, four and five learn by…










Responding to adults and to each other.

Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems and relate to others (EYFS 2012)

Through play children can…

 Explore, develop and represent learning experiences that help them make sense of the world;

 Practise and build up ideas, concepts and skills;

 Learn how to control impulses and understand the need for rules;

 Be alone, be alongside others or co-operate as they talk or rehearse their feelings;

 Take risks and make mistakes;

 Think creatively and imaginatively;

 Communicate with others as they investigate or solve problems;

 Express fears or relive anxious experiences in controlled and safe situations.

End of Year Expectations Reception

Information for parents and carers about the end of year expectations for children in our school. These expectations have been identified as being the minimum requirements your child must meet in order to ensure continued progress throughout the following year.

All the objectives will be worked on throughout the year and will be the focus of direct teaching. Any extra support you can provide in helping your child to achieve these is greatly valued.


  • Look at books and listen to stories
  • Use phonic knowledge to decode regular words
  • Be secure at Phase 4 phonics
  • Read Phase 2, Phase 3 and Phase 4 tricky words
  • Identify rhymes and alliteration
  • Join in with rhyming patterns
  • Read and understand simple sentences
  • Demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read
  • Make basic predictions
  • Identify the start and end of a sentence
  • Know the alphabet and link letter names to the sound they make
  • Know the difference between a capital and lower case letter
  • Learn some simple rhymes and poems by heart

Speaking and Listening

  • Use complete sentences to explain or describe things
  • Listen carefully to what is being said and repeat this if needed
  • Know not to interrupt when someone else is saying something
  • Stand up in front of others and re-tell something that has happened to them


  • Use phonic knowledge to write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others
  • Write name (correct capital and lower case)
  • Use capital letters and full stops to demarcate sentences
  • Write clearly demarcated sentences
  • Use a correct pencil grip
  • Correct formation of all letters


  • Count reliably to 20
  • Count a number of objects by pointing to/moving each one as they count
  • Recognise numbers to 20
  • Order numbers 1 – 20
  • Say 1 more and 1 less than numbers to 20
  • Add and subtract two single digit numbers
  • Form all digits 0-9 correctly
  • Know the names of the days of the week in order
  • Begin to recognise and name common 2D shapes, e.g. square, rectangle, circle and triangle
  • Begin to recognise and name some 3D shapes, e.g. cube, sphere, cylinder, cone

Reception Curriculum Map

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