Children in the Reception year of school (aged 4-5 years) follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (or EYFS). This is made up of 3 Prime and 4 specific areas. Children learn through play-based activities which are planned to challenge and extend pupils thinking and understanding. Throughout the day the children experienced structured adult-lead learning and independent self-chosen activities.
Each child is allocated a ‘Key Person’, with whom they can develop a closer bond, allowing the adult to provide learning activities which best suit the needs of the individual child.
At the end of the Reception Year, children are assessed against the Early Learning Goals and given a ‘developmental stage’ for each of these. This makes up their results for the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
The three developmental stages are:
- Emerging – the attainment is not yet at the level of development expected at the end of the EYFS. Children are still working on previous ‘developmental stages’ from the EYFS.
- Expected – this is the level of development expected at the end of the EYFS.
- Exceeding – attainment beyond the level of development expected at the end of the EYFS. Children will be working on Year One level of work.