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At Grange we want children to be happy, confident and to develop a real thirst for learning, and this starts in reception. We provide them with a safe and stimulating environment in which to learn and explore and aim to foster children’s individual wants, needs and interests in order to enable them to get the most out of their experiences. Children have lots of opportunities to facilitate their own learning through carefully resourced provision areas and adults support children through high-quality interactions that challenge thinking and extend learning. Through our interesting and engaging topics we endeavour to provide each child with a range of opportunities which stimulate their creativity and support their development based on their likes and interests. We value the importance of the outdoor environment in order to enable children to develop their thinking, problem solving and collaborative working skills. 

We have fully implemented the 2021 EYFS framework into our daily practise. There are seven areas of learning and development which shape education in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected and are split into 3 prime areas and 4 specific areas of learning as follows:

Prime areas:

  • Communication and language: ​listening attention and understanding, and speaking. 

  • Personal, social and emotional development: self-regulation; managing self; and building relationships.

  • Physical development: gross motor skills and fine motor skills.

Specific areas:

  • Literacy: comprehension; word reading; and writing.

  • Mathematics: numbers and numerical patterns. 

  • Understanding the world: past and present; people, cultures and communities; and the natural world. 

  • Expressive arts and design: creating with materials, and being imaginative and expressive.

The reception teachers think carefully about planning to ensure that all areas of the early years curriculum are covered. Please see the documents below, which show what the children will learn during their time in reception. 

All children in reception are assessed against the Early Learning Goals at the end of their year in reception. The Early Learning Goals are split into the same areas as set out above and children work towards and are assessed against set statements and criterion. You can find the statements that children are assessed against below. 

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