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Welcome to EYFS!


EYFS Daily Structure

We will meet and greet your children at the gate every day.

Children will use hand sanitizer on entry to school and will be reminded of our new rules regarding cleaning hands, catching germs, and maintaining a safe space regularly throughout the day. Please ask your teacher if you need any more information about the daily structure.

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 focussed group and whole-class teaching so that lots of our children will meet the age-related expectations at the end of Reception.

Here are the national expectations for children at the end of Reception: 



Communication and Language

Listening and Attention

listen attentively in a range of situations

listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events

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



follow instructions involving several ideas or actions

answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events



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

Physical Development

Moving and Handling

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

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

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Managing Feelings

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


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


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


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



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


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




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

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

Understanding the World

People and Communities

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

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


make observations of animals and plants and explain why some

things occur, and talk about changes



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

Exploring Media and Materials


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

Being Imaginative


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







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