Early Years Foundation Stage EYFS

The National Curriculum for Reception

In Reception, we follow the Early Years Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, published in March 2014 by the DfE. This Framework specifies the requirement for learning and development in the Early Years and provides specific areas of learning we must cover in our curriculum. These areas are: 
1. -Personal, Social and Emotional Development
2. -Physical Development
3. -Communication and Language development
4. -Literacy
5. -Mathematics
6. -Understanding the World
7. - Expressive Arts and Design

We do not have ‘set’ topics but involve the children in deciding where their learning should go, by inviting them to discuss what they would like to learn and devise topics around these interests.

Phonics and Handwriting

From the very start of their time in Reception, the children are taught letter formation where ach letter starts on the line. 

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Initially, letter sounds and names are taught using 'Jolly Phonics' actions. Once some of the letter recognition is secure, we go on to follow the 'Letters and Sounds' phonics programme which sets out a progression of segmenting and blending skills. 


High importance is put on the early development of Reading. We want the chidlren to 'Learn to Read' so that they can 'Read to Learn' as soon as we can. As well as the children being heard read by the teacher and teaching assistant, we also employ a reading assistant each afternoon. On top of this, we expect each child to read at home for 10 minutes at least five times a week.

We use a range of teacher-led and child-initiated activities to ensure that, as well as good physical and social development, the children enter Year One with a sound basis of Reading, Writing and Maths on which to build. Children learn through their play so a mixture of structured and open activities is provided each session to allow each child to explore, learn and develop. 

Planning for Next Steps 

Each child's achievements are recorded on '2Simple' software. We use these records to plan next steps learning opportunities and to provide families with electronic copies of these reports three times a year.

Home and School

We fully believe that the best outcomes can be gained for the children by home and school working together with a shared goal. At Courtney, we provide a thorough Induction programme which includes parents/carers but also provide other opportunities for parents/carers to become involved, for example, WOW events and Curriculum Evenings. 


We have close links with Ladybirds Pre-School which is based adjacent to Courtney Primary.  We also make sure that we gather information about each child's development from other nurseries as part of our induction process.

Courtney Primay is part of an Alliance of local schools. We work closely together to share best practice and to moderate the learning outcomes.