Early Years Foundation Stage Profile

On entry to Reception your child will be following an Early Years Curriculum called the Early Years Foundation Stage. This curriculum prepares them for the National Curriculum which they will follow when they reach Year 1.

Much of the learning in the Foundation Stage will take place through well planned play opportunities, which is the key way in which children learn with enjoyment and challenge. The children will be assessed throughout the year against the Early Learning Goals. The curriculum has 7 areas of learning and development, all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.

The 7 areas of learning and development are as follows:

  • Communication and Language

  • Physical Development

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design

The curriculum in the Early Years Foundation Stage should underpin all future learning by supporting and developing children’s:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

At Crookhill Primary School, children are encouraged to become confident and independent individuals with a positive self-image, enabling them to make positive relationships with adults and peers through carefully planned play opportunities. Co-operative skills such as sharing, taking turns and being able to play alongside their peers are developed. We encourage positive dispositions and attitudes towards their learning and support children in getting themselves dressed and undressed and managing their own personal hygiene. The children continue to learn appropriate behaviour, developing an understanding of what is right and wrong.

Communication and Language
This area of learning and development is broken down into 3 parts:

  • Listening and Attention

  • Understanding

  • Speaking

At Crookhill Primary School we aim to develop children’s listening skills through a range of activities and situations. They will be given the opportunity to listen to stories and rhymes and respond to what they hear by making relevant comments and asking questions. We have at least 2 stories a day in which school promotes their love of books and reading. Regular story times at home and in school are important for developing children’s early reading skills. To demonstrate and understanding of language, children will be given opportunities to follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They will be asked ‘how’ and ‘why’ question about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

Physical Development
We aim to provide as many outdoors experiences as possible which helps the children develop many physical skills such as running, hopping, skipping etc. Their co-ordination skills are supported through the use of wheeled toys. We have set PE and Forest School sessions, where children have the opportunity to use large and small apparatus which develops their fine and gross motor skills. Their co-ordination skills are also enhanced within these sessions. Within the classroom children are encouraged to learn how to keep their bodies healthy and what they need to do to stay safe. 

We have daily class sessions dedicated to developing children’s reading and writing skills. In these sessions children will build on their phonic knowledge to read and write simple sentences. They will explore writing for different purposes (lists, labels, speech bubbles, stories) and apply what they learn alongside an adult to their own play, in the areas in and out of the classroom. In Reception we try to listen to the children read their home reading book as often as we can. It is important the children read on a regular basis at home and at school to develop and challenge their reading skills.

We have daily mathematics sessions aimed at developing children’s understanding of number, calculation, shape, space and measurement. Throughout the day there will be well planned activities that support and challenge children’s learning in these areas, they will also be given the opportunity to solve problems around doubling, halving and sharing. They can practise their mathematic skills through role play, construction and water and sand play.

Understanding the World
Children are encouraged to talk about their families and find out about where they live and past and present events in their lives. They will find out about other children’s likes and dislikes and through this they will develop awareness of their own and other’s needs, views and beliefs. Reception spends a lot of time outside and at the Forest School, where they get to explore the outdoors. We feel this enhances the children’s awareness of the world around them, such as the weather, plants and animals. They have access to ICT in the classroom every day and have dedicated ICT lessons in the Computer Suite.

Expressive Arts and Design
The children have various opportunities to develop their creative skills within many areas of the curriculum. They are encouraged to develop imaginative responses, listening and observation through art and design, music, movement, stories and role play. They learn to respond to what they see, hear, smell and touch by using all of their senses as appropriate. They have many opportunities to explore colour, texture, shape and form. They learn to explore ideas and feelings though a range of instruments, tools and materials.