Reception follow a broad and balanced curriculum following the Early Years Outcomes document.

There are seven areas within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. These will be tailored by the Academy to suit the unique needs of each pupil and can be adapted to suit their individual tastes.

The EYFS frame work is broken down into 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should initially develop in 3 prime areas:

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

These prime areas are the most essential in assisting your child’s healthy development and future learning.

As the children grow, the prime areas will help their skills develop in four specific areas:

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

Every time your child achieves something new it is recorded in their Learning Story. To record achievements, we use the Tapestry online system in addition to noting comments pupils have made and providing evidence of learning.

Characteristics of Effective Learning

Within the Foundation Stage we wish to see our children display the characteristics of effective learning and teachers carefully plan activities with these in mind. These help children develop a good attitude to learning, enable them to explore the world around them and give them an ability to think critically.

We use daily talk sessions to support pupils in reflecting upon their own learning behaviours linked to these characteristics:

Characteristics of Effective Learning


Playing and Exploring - Engagement

Finding out and exploring

Playing with what they know

Being willing to ‘have a go’



Active Learning – Motivation

Being involved and concentrating

Keeping trying

Enjoying achieving what they set out to do



Creating and Thinking Critically – Thinking

Having their own ideas

Making links

Choosing ways to do things