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Reception (EYFS)


At Trumps Green Infant Green School, our intent is to provide children with opportunities to explore, be inquisitive, ask questions, investigate, be challenged, take risks, be creative and develop their independence. Our aim is for all children to be active and engaged learners using our EYFS curriculum and learning environment creatively to do this.


There are seven areas of learning and development in the EYFS and Reception which includes;

Prime areas: 

  • Communication and Language 
    Listening, Attention & Understanding 
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development  
    Managing Self 
    Building Relationships 
  • Physical Development 
    Gross Motor Skills 
    Fine Motor Skills 

Specific areas: 

  • Literacy 
    Word Reading 
  • Mathematics  
    Numerical Patterns 
  • Understanding the World 
    Past & Present 
    People, Culture & Communities 
    The Natural World 
  • Expressive Arts and Design 
    Creating with Materials 
    Being Imaginative & Expressive 

Quality teaching and provision ensures that children are inspired, engaged and motivated to be active learners.  When the children join our school they continue their EYFS journey building upon their skills across all areas of the EYFS curriculum.  We create a happy and safe environment that enables children to be respectful, take responsibility for their belongings and actions.

We plan the curriculum and provision carefully to ensure that the learning is appropriate for all children and is fully inclusive.  We have a topic based curriculum that supports our intention to provide engaging and purposeful learning opportunities.  Before a new topic we find out what the children already know and we ask the children what they would like to find out.  We encourage the children to use their imagination in their play and learning, using what they know and what they imagine to recreate roles and experiences.

We provide a mixture of adult led, child led and child initiated learning opportunities both inside and in our outside classroom. This allows children to learn skills and techniques and to practise and develop these in a structured supportive way before applying these independently and in other contexts. It also provides opportunities for the children to demonstrate the characteristics of effective learning which underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner.

The characteristics of effective learning are:

Playing and exploring – engagement
  • Finding out and exploring
  • Playing with what they know
  • Being willing to have a go
Active learning – motivation
  • Being involved and concentrating
  • Keeping trying
  • Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
Creating and thinking critically – thinking
  • Having their own ideas
  • Making links
  • Choosing to do things


Teaching and learning is evaluated by learning walks, drop ins, moderation sessions, pupil interviews and work scrutinies.
It is our aim that all children will achieve age related expectations and achieve the Early Learning Goals at the end of Reception.  We intend to embed key concepts and skills in the children’s long term memory and apply them across the curriculum.