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EYFS in Reception

EYFS Curriculum

At Pendeen School, children are taught in an individual Reception class and Year One are taught in a mixed class with Year Two children. We believe that all children are entitled to the best possible start in their school life, both intellectually and emotionally, in order to enable them to develop their full potential.

We provide a fun and exciting curriculum that allows them to succeed as unique individuals and celebrate their achievements. We provide a place where the children are inspired and develop an interest in learning for life, within a happy, creative and secure environment. 


We aim to:

  • Encourage our children to believe in themselves, while equipping them with the fundamental skills to enjoy and achieve in life
  • Create a stimulating learning environment, both inside and outside,  which ensures each child achieves their full potential
  • Ensure that every child receives a broad and balanced education of the highest standard, and are helped to discover their individual strengths
  • Maintain a safe, nurturing, happy environment where every child matters and each child feels safe, cared for, loved and supported
  • Encourage respect for each other and for the environment
  • Create motivated, self-disciplined, confident, independent thinkers
  • Nurture the spiritual, moral, social, emotional and physical wellbeing of each individual for life
  • Build strong partnerships with families to create an open and welcoming school
  • Support and develop curious minds, nurturing children to develop the desire to explore new ideas
  • Foster a sense of awe and wonder and develop natural curiosity, so children enjoy learning in and out of schoo


The Foundation Stage Curriculum is made up of seven areas of learning and development. These are divided into three prime areas and four specific areas.


The three prime areas are:

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


These are then supported by specific areas that strengthen the prime areas. The specific areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


Further information about the Foundation Stage Curriculum can be found here:

Assessing Progress in the EYFS


Throughout the Reception year, your child's teacher and their team will be assessing your child's development and planning their next steps using Development Matters in the EYFS Curriculum. This enables your child's teacher to plan for your child's unique next steps in their learning. If you child has attended a pre-school setting, this planning will build on the information that will have been shared by the pre-school. 


During the Summer term of your child's Reception year, you will receive a Foundation Stage Profile as part of your child's report. This is a summary of your child's attainment at the end of Reception. It is not a test. Your child cannot 'pass' or 'fail'. Each child is assessed against 17 Early Learning Goals (ELGS). These are progress measures against the expected level of development in each area. A child meeting an Early Learning Goal in an area is considered to be achieving the expected level of development for a child at that age. All children develop at different rates. By the end of the Reception Year, your child may have met or exceeded some or all of the ELGs. If they have not met an ELG, a child's learning will continue to be supported as they move into Year One to ensure that they do not fall behind. 


This assessment is based on the teacher and teaching assistant's knowledge of your child's learning. Throughout their time in Reception, the teacher will watch, listen to and interact with your child (and the others in their class) as they take part not just in formal learning, but also as they play and go about their daily activities like getting changed for PE or eating their lunch. Some observations will be planned but others will be spontaneous. 


In addition, your observations of your child are crucial to this assessment process. This is important because the EYFS profile is supposed to be a complete picture of your child’s development, not just a snapshot of what happens at school. Sometimes, children might show skills at home that their teacher doesn’t see – for instance, if your child is very shy at school, the teacher might think that they’re not reaching the expected level for self-confidence and self-awareness, but at home, they might be outgoing and chatty. 


'What to Expect, when?' is a useful Department For Education publication for parents which provides a guide to expected development during the Foundation Stage. Please click on the link below to download a copy of this document: