FS2 – Reception

Welcome to Foundation Stage 2

In Foundation Stage 2 (FS2) we have two classes named ‘FS2C’ and ‘FS2J’ who share an exciting and engaging indoor and outdoor provision where children enjoy learning through play.

In our school we strive to establish an Early Years environment which provides for all its pupils, a happy and secure environment in which to learn and be cared for. It is a place where every child is recognised as an individual and is helped to understand that they have great value for being themselves!

In our classroom we consider ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ which promote positive attitudes to learning, an enthusiasm for knowledge and the confidence to become successful learners.

Characteristics of Effective Learning

  • Playing and Exploring
  • Active Learning
  • Creating and Thinking Critically

Children will explore, discover and investigate in our learning Landscape using a range of open ended resources, following their own interests and access adult led learning time. We believe that children learn best when they are engaged in real, hand on, exciting experiences. Adults facilitate, extend and challenge children’s learning.

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Click through some pictures of our indoor and outdoor Learning Landscape

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The Early Years curriculum

A little guide to help you get to grips with it!

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is how the Government and Early Years professional describe the time in your child’s life between birth and 5 years. EYFS follows its own curriculum divided into seven areas. These areas are made up of prime areas and specific areas. Each area of learning has a set of related expectations for typical development through the Early Years.

The prime areas are:

  • Personal, social and emotional development (making relationships; self-confidence and self-awareness; managing feelings and behaviour)
  • Communication and language (listening and attention; understanding; speaking)
  • Physical development (moving and handling; health and self-care)

The specific areas are:

  • Literacy (reading; writing)
  • Mathematics (numbers; shape, space and measures)
  • Understanding the world (people and communities; the world; technology)
  • Expressive arts and design (exploring and using media and materials, being imaginative)

Most children will start Reception being secure in the knowledge, understanding and abilities within the 30-50 month phase and beginning to demonstrate the knowledge, understanding and abilities within the 40-60 month phase.

By the end of Reception, most children will have reached the Early Learning Goals (ELGs) at the expected level. Some might still have knowledge skills and understanding which are emerging whilst others may be exceeding these Early Learning Goals in some areas. (The terms ‘expected’, ’emerging’ and ‘exceeding’ are how we communicate your child’s level of development at the end of the Reception year.)