Cherry Garden Primary School

  1. Learning
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  3. EYFS Curriculum

EYFS Curriculum (Reception Year)

Children in Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum. This is the same curriculum your child will have followed at their pre-school or nursery. The curriculum is separated into seven areas of learning (three Prime areas and four Specific areas). These are:

 Prime Areas  Specific Areas
 Personal, Social & Emotional  Literacy
 Communication & Language  Mathematics
 Physical Development  Understanding the World
   Expressive Arts & Design


Whilst the seven areas are separate, many are interwoven when it comes to teaching, for example, communication and language development can take place in every area. For more information about how this relates to teaching and learning, visit the Reception Class Page by clicking here. Take a look at the topic overviews and newsletters for examples of the sort of learning activities children will experience.


Assessment of the EYFS Curriculum

Throughout Reception year children are assessed against the Early Learning Goals (ELGs). The ELGs set out the required standard children are expected to achieve by the time they leave Reception. Mrs Hanks, Mrs Wright and the Reception team make on-going assessments of each child by observing them in their learning environment and working alongside them. Tests are not given in Reception class but 'checks' will often be used, for example, to see if your child can read certain words or count fluently.

We capture our observations of the children using Tapestry which is an online jourbal for every child. Parents are able to view their child’s progress whilst also uploading their own comments and media.

Download a summary of the Early Learning Goals here


Keeping You Informed of Your Child's Progress

There are three main points in the year when we will communicate with you about your child's progress.

  • Autumn term 1 - parent / teacher meeting to discuss how your child has settled and our initial impressions of their achievement
  • Spring term 2 - parent / teacher meeting to discuss your child's progress and achievement
  • Summer term 2 - written report detailing your child's achievements against the Early Learning Goals. For each Aspect your child will be judged as either: Emerging (working below the ELG) Expected (working in line with the ELG) or Exceeding (working above the ELG)

You are welcome to come and discuss any questions you may have about your child's learning or progress at any point in the year - simply speak to Mrs Hanks or Mrs Wright to make an appointment.