Welcome to Year R!
Children enter our reception classes the September after they have turned four years of age. Our children come from a variety of pre-school and home settings but we also have a very good relationship with King’s Pre-School who are adjacent to our site and often come and visit throughout the school year. Children in Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum which sets out the standards expected for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. There are seven areas of learning which are mostly taught through games, play and small group focused teaching input.
- Communication language and literacy
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
More information can be found here.
To ensure that we match the curriculum and provision to children’s individuals needs staff use a ‘baseline’ assessment early in the autumn term to find out more about each child’s development. These assessments are mainly achieved through observation and children taking part in a short fun activity with a member of staff.
At the end of the Reception year your child will be assessed against the Early Learning Goals, again judgements are made through observation, evidence in their Learning Journey and their achievements within the curriculum, they will not be involved in formal testing. You will receive an end of year annual report which will tell you if your child is currently working at the emerging, expected or exceeding level in these areas.
Reception is the final year of the EYFS, as your child moves into Year 1 they will start the National Curriculum and be in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2).
We hope in this section of our website that you will find everything that you need to support your child during the year but if you think that there is anything missing - please let us know via the school office!