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Reception (Early Years)

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In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at The Vineyard School, our aims are

  • to support children in making a confident transition into school.
  • to provide a happy, caring and safe learning environment.
  • to plan learning experiences that meet the individual needs and interests of every child through a balanced provision of adult-led and child-initiated opportunities.
  • to support children to become confident and competent learners so that they are able to reach their potential.
  • to provide a broad and balanced high-quality curriculum in line with EYFS guidance.
  • to foster positive home school links with parents and carers.


Prime Areas of Learning and Development Aspect
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Self Regulation
  • Managing Self 
  • Building Relationships
Physical Development
  •  Gross Motor Skills
  • Fine Motor Skills 
Communication and Language
  • Listening, Attention and Understanding
  • Speaking


Specific Areas of Learning and Development Aspect
  • Comprehension 
  • Word Reading 
  • Writing 
  • Number 
  • Numerical Pattern 
Understanding the World
  • Past and Present
  • People, Culture and Communities
  • The Natural World 
Expressive Arts and Design
  • Creating with Materials
  • Being Imaginative and Expressive 


We use the Development Matters 2021 document as guidance to ensure that we deliver high standards of early education and care that supports the development of every child. These principles underpin all future learning by supporting and fostering the children’s personal, social and emotional wellbeing. It encourages positive attitudes and dispositions towards learning, and promotes learning through play.


Characteristics of Effective Learning

Playing and Exploring:

Children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’.


Active Learning:

Children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements.


Creating and Thinking Critically:

Children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.


Recommended documents

Guidance on what to expect at each stage of their child’s learning and development can be found here

Guidance on supporting your child with starting school can be found here.

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