The first year of your child‘s schooling at St Mary‘s

Making a good start in the first year of primary school, known as Reception class, is critical in enabling children to do well and enjoy their later years at school. It also provides a further opportunity for teachers to identify any special education needs children may have, and put support for learning in place before they move to key stage one.

Reception classes are part of the Early Years Foundation Stage and deliver the early years curriculum. Teachers and early years staff are trained to enable children to make good progress in learning the skills which are essential for learning and success at school, and in other aspects of their lives. Professionals will use their judgment about the right mix of activities that are initiated by the child or led by the teacher. That balance may shift over the course of the reception year, in order to ensure that children's skills and knowledge in language, reading, writing and number are developing well.


Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the statutory standards that all early years providers must meet. This includes all maintained schools, non-maintained schools, independent schools and all providers on the Early Years Register.

The EYFS aims to provide:

• quality and consistency in all early years settings
• a secure foundation for all children for good progress through school and life
• partnerships between different practitioners
• partnerships between parents or carers and practitioners
• equality of opportunity for all children

It aims to reduce burdens, including unnecessary regulation and paperwork, so professionals have more time to concentrate on supporting children.