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At St Mary’s children in Reception are provided with a stimulating learning environment which encourages learning through play – a fundamental part of early learning.

We use the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum to plan learning opportunities in the following areas.

Characteristics of effective learning:

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 ways to do things

Prime Areas:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

·         Making relationships

·         Self-confidence and self-awareness

·         Managing feelings and behaviour

Physical Development

·         Moving and handling

·         Health and self-care

Communication and Language

·         Listening and attention

·         Understanding

·         Speaking

Specific Areas:


·         Reading

·         Writing


·         Numbers

·         Shape, space and measure

Understanding of the world

·         People and communities

·         The world

·         Technology

Expressive Arts and Design

·         Exploring and using media and materials

·         Being imaginative

 Children are defined as having reached a good level of development (GLD) at the end of the EYFS if they have achieved at least the expected level in:

  • the early learning goals in the prime areas of learning (personal, social and emotional development; physical development; and communication and language) and;
  • the early learning goals in the specific areas of mathematics and literacy.
If you would like additional information about the curriculum, please see the class teacher.