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In our Early Years Department we aim to create an environment where children can be independent, creative, active, resilient, respectful, open minded and forward thinking.


We provide lots of exciting activities and resources with focused group and whole-class teaching so that lots of our children will meet age-related national expectations at the end of Reception: 





Listening and Attention


For children to: 


listen attentively in a range of situations


listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what

they hear with relevant comments, questions or action


give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately while engaged in another activity




For children to: 


follow instructions involving several ideas or actions





answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences

and in response to stories or events





For children to: 


express themselves effectively, showing awareness

of listeners’ needs


use past, present and future forms

accurately when talking about events that have happened or

are to happen in the future


develop their own narratives

and explanations by connecting ideas or events


Moving and Handling


For children to: 


show good control and co‑ordination in large and small movements


move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space


handle equipment and tools effectively,

including pencils for writing


Health and Self Care


For children to: 


know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep

healthy and safe


manage their own basic hygiene and

personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to

the toilet independently




Managing Feelings


For children to: 


talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about

their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know

that some behaviour is unacceptable


work as part of a

group or class, and understand and follow rules


adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routine

in their stride


Making Relationships


For children to: 

play cooperatively, taking turns with others


take account of one another’s needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children


Self Confidence and Self Awareness

For children to : 



are confident to try new activities, and to say why they like some activities more than others


are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities


say when they do or don’t need help


For children to : 


read and understand simple sentences


use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them

aloud accurately


read some common irregular words


demonstrate understanding when talking with others

about what they have read



For children to : 


use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways

which match their spoken sounds


  can write some irregular

common words


write sentences which can be read by

themselves and others


spell some words correctly and

others that are phonetically plausible






For children to: 


count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in

order and say which number is one more or one less than a given


number quantities and objects, they add and subtract two

single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer


solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing

Shape and Space


For children to: 


use everyday language to talk about size, weight,

capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare

quantities and objects and to solve problems



create and describe patterns


explore characteristics of

everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language

to describe them



People and Communities


For children to: 


talk about past and present events in their own lives and

in the lives of family members


 know that other children

don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this


know about similarities and differences between themselves

and others, and among families, communities and traditions



The World

For children to: 


know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things


 talk about

the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one to another



observations of animals and plants and explain why some

things occur, and talk about changes






For children to: 



recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools


 select and use technology for

particular purposes






Expressive Arts and Design

For children to: 


sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with

ways of changing them


safely use and explore a variety of

materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design,

texture, form and function