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 experience structured adult-lead learning and independent self-chosen activities.
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.