The period up to the end of the Reception Year is described as the “foundation stage”. The “Early Learning Goals “set out what is expected for most children by the end of the year. Below is a summary of these expectations but a full copy of the document is available in school. The curriculum for four year olds is organised under the following headings:

1. Personal, social and emotional development helps to:

  • Develop and sustain new positive relationships
  • Gain self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Play co-operatively and be sensitive to the feelings and needs of others
  • Be confident to try new activities
  • Be confident to speak in a group and to say when the need help
  • To understand what is right and wrong and to follow simple, classroom rules
  • To be interested and motivated to learn

2. Physical Development includes:

  • Participating in activities, offering physical challenges, which helps to develop confidence and control
  • Using a range of equipment both indoors and outdoors
  • Understanding simple ways to keep healthy and safe
  • Being able to manage their own personal need, including dressing and going to the toilet

3. Through communications and language the child will:

  • Listen to stories, songs, poems and rhymes
  • Follow (and give) simple instructions
  • Answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about what they are doing
  • Speak with growing confidence, expressing themselves effectively

4. Through literacy the child will:

  • Read and understand simple sentences, using phonic knowledge and recognition of some common, irregular words
  • Begin to use phonic knowledge to write words and simple sentences, which they can read themselves (Jolly Phonics is used to support phonics).

5. Mathematical Development encourages the child to:

  • Join in practical activities and games, developing ideas and methods to solve simple problems
  • Count reliably up to 20 and order numbers
  • To understand ‘more’ and ‘less’
  • To use everyday language to talk about size, weight, distance, position, time and money
  • To recognise, create and describe patterns
  • To explore the describe everyday objects and shapes

6. Understanding of the World enables the child to:

  • Find out about living things, objects and events in their own environment
  • To understand that other children have different environments, experiences and needs from their own
  • To observe similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things
  • To select and use technology for particular purposes

7. Expressive Arts and Design encourages the child to:

  • Enjoy activities which are imaginative and expressive
  • To use and explore a wide range of materials, tools and techniques to create their own ideas, representing them through design and technology, art, music, role play and stories

Class timetable 2018/2019


Planning Booklets for parents 18/19

Class R – Autumn 1

Class R – Autumn 2