At our school all of our classes are named after birds. We are known as Wrens, but we are also referred to as Foundation Stage 2 or the Reception class. Prior to starting with us, children attend a variety of Foundation stage 1 settings. (Preschools, nurseries and childminders)

In Foundation Stage 2/Reception (Wrens), we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and children are taught using a topic based approach. Learning is done through play, led by the teacher, with opportunities to apply knowledge through child initiated learning. We have a fantastic learning environment, which enables children to be independent and take risks. Our outdoor area has been designed with the needs of young children in mind and it enables us to provide learning opportunities that are adapted to a wide range of learning styles.

We have chosen to be an Early Adopter school, so we are using the EYFS reforms early adopter version July 2020, which is the standards that school and childcare providers must meet for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five.

There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early year’s settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.

Three areas are particularly important for building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving.

These are the prime areas:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development.

Providers must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

There are seventeen Early Learning Goals, which is the level of development children should be expected to have attained by the end of the EYFS  this is set out below.