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In Reception, children learn through play in both their indoor and outdoor classroom areas. We focus on the characteristics of effective learning and ensuring that children build positive relationships with their peers and adults. Throughout the day, children are exposed to focused activities, adult led activities, child initiated activities and independent play.


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Characteristics of Effective Learning

When we think of ‘teaching and learning’ it is easy to think about being taught to read, write and understand mathematical strategies. But it’s easy to overlook that there are skills and knowledge that it’s vital we develop and practice alongside more academic skills in order for it all to become embedded, practiced, and investigated. These are the ‘Characteristics’ and another way of looking at them is to call them the skills we need for life.

The Characteristics of Effective  Learning are divided into three sections. They’re all interconnected and overlap with one another, and hopefully you’ll already recognise a lot of these characteristics in your children. All children demonstrate each of them at some time – provided they’re given the opportunities to do so.

  • Playing and exploring -Children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’.
  • Active learning -Children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements.
  • Creating and thinking critically -Children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.

Through your child's time in Reception, adults within the class will undertake observations which will be documented and shared with you using our Tapestry app. The characteristics above are really important in helping to shape how children learn and underpin their development. A more in depth overview of them can be downloaded below.


End of Year Assessment "Good Level of Development"

At the end of the Reception year we will  report on your child’s development and achievement within the EYFS framework, which is broken down into seven specific areas of learning:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development (PSE)
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Within each of these areas, there are specific Early Learning Goals – for example, in the case of Communication and language, these are Listening and attention, Understanding, and Speaking. You can download a copy of these below. Your child will be given an achievement level for each area of learning. There are three separate achievement levels within each Early Learning Goal:

Expected (2): your child is working at the level expected for his age
Emerging (1): your child is working below the expected level
Exceeding (3): your child is working above the expected level

Within the end of year report we will assign these levels for each aspect within the seven EYFS areas of learning. On leaving Reception, a child is considered to have a ‘good level of development’ if they have achieved at least the expected level in the Early Learning Goals in all aspects of PSE, Physical development, Communication and language, Literacy and Mathematics; 12 in total.