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What to expect in Laurel Class (EYFS)

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  • Mrs Stratford (Mon-Thurs)
  • Mrs Jacob (Fri)

Learning through play!

In Reception, your child will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. This sets the standards for the learning, development, and care of your child. The things your child will learn in Reception have been organised into three prime areas of learning:
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal and Social Development
  • And four specific areas of learning:
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

What will my child do in the Reception?

Developing and Learning 

In the EYFS, play is a very important part of your child’s development and most learning will be introduced through a mixture of carefully planned play and some adult-led focused activities. There will also be opportunities for your child to choose activities that appeal to them, following their own particular interests.

Don’t be too concerned if your child says that they have been playing all day – it just means that they have been lucky enough to have experienced staff who have made their learning fun and enjoyable! As the Reception year progresses, the learning may start to become more formal, ready for Year 1 and the National Curriculum.

What kind of assessment is there in Reception?

Throughout your child’s time at school, they will be assessed regularly. This is to check their progress and identify the next steps in their learning. The school may carry out a baseline assessment when your child starts to find out what they can do already. This is nothing to worry about – it is not a test and it is unlikely your child will even know it is happening.

At the end of Reception, your child’s teacher will assess again and it is likely they will complete an EYFS Profile. This assessment is carried out by the teacher and is based on what they, and other staff caring for your child, have observed over a period of time. All of the information collected is then used to assess where your child is currently in the seven areas of learning.

How can I help my child in Reception?

As a parent or guardian there are many ways to help your child through their Reception year at Badgemore. Please see below our guidance over a range of topics.

To access our Homework policy, please visit our Policies and Procedures page. 

Read to your child

Life is busy, but even ten minutes of reading with your child each day is one of the best ways you can support their education and help them to become a strong reader.

While you are reading, make sure to check they are following along. Explain the meaning of unfamiliar words, as this will help widen your child’s vocabulary and support them to make sense of the story.

That said, try not to make reading time all about developing vocabulary. At this age, it is vital to make reading a fun activity that your child will look forward to. This will encourage them to become enthusiastic readers as they grow up. So pick a book they will enjoy, get tucked up, and lose yourselves in the story!