Reception 2019 - 2020

Mrs Doherty

EYFS Lead.

Mrs Lee

Learning Support Assistant

Miss Leather - Cole

Learning Support Assistant

Miss Quayle

Miss Quayle is an EYFS teacher.

Early Years

Foundation Stage Curriculum




Welcome to our curriculum page. This page is designed to give additional information about some of the learning experiences we provide for children during their first year at Much Woolton, as well as an explanation of some of the ways in which we deliver and adapt our curriculum.  If you have any questions, please speak to a member of the Foundation Stage Team.


Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a term used to describe a child’s life and education from birth to the age of 5.  These years are the most important in every persons’ life.  All experiences and opportunities provided for children in these years, at home or in educational settings, will have a significant impact on their health, happiness and future life chances.  This includes both positive and negative experiences.  We do not underestimate the importance of our role in helping to shape the life chances of all pupils in our care and strive to provide a curriculum which meets the needs of all our children to help them develop as strong, resilient, and happy learners


Through our observations of the children during self-initiated learning, we review and adapt our provision in light of children’s likes and interests.  We ask parents to complete ‘Magic Moments’ slips to share any interests outside of school that we can use to help us plan a motivating and engaging curriculum.  We have broad topic plans for each half term, though these are not prescriptive.  We aim to be flexible to meet the needs of different cohorts and individuals.  There are links to half termly overviews on our Year Group Page



Guiding Principles

There are four key principles that help staff at Much Woolton to design and deliver the Early Years Curriculum.  These are taken from the Early Years Statutory Framework.  We believe that:

  • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.
  • Children develop and learn in different ways (see “the characteristics of effective teaching and learning” at paragraph 1.9) and at different rates. This covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities. 


There are seven areas of learning and development that form the basis for the Early Years curriculum.  All areas are equally important and inter-connected, although research has shown that the best way to ensure children meet their potential in all specific areas is through a secure foundation exploring them through the prime areas


The Three Prime Areas:

  • Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
  • Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
  • Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.


The Four Specific Areas

  • Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
  • Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure .
  • Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
  • Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.





Additional Information


Religious Education – Much Woolton Reception pupils follow the ‘Come and See’ programme used by the whole school.  Children learn about their part in God’s family and about traditions within the church.  They participate in assemblies and visit church for Mass at different points in the term.


R, W Inc. – The children all participate in daily phonics lessons following this Ruth Miskin programme.  This helps us to identify their individual next steps to ensure they are ready for reading and writing.  There are many resources available online to help parents support their child's learning.

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ICT games

Practise literacy and maths skills using a variety of fun and interactive games.

Oxford Owls

A fantastic website to read some Oxford Reading Tree books online and complete some comprehension activities.

Read Write Inc

Learn about the Read, Write Inc programme developed by Ruth Miskin

Phonics Play

A site packed with interactive phonics games for your child to enjoy.

Top Marks

A series of interactive games that support early literacy and mathematical concepts.

Great Little Minds

Fun resources and activities for children.

Foundation Years

Information about the Foundation Years from Pregnancy to age 5.


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