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Starting School at Compton CE Primary School - the EYFS curriculum in Reception



At Compton CE Primary School our Early Years vision is to provide the best start to school life, enabling children to become kind, respectful and courageous lifelong learners.

We believe in providing a broad and balanced curriculum that will be fun, build on interests and inspire further learning, enabling every child to work with appropriate challenge and make progress, all within a safe, happy, engaging and stimulating environment. An environment where there are opportunities for enquiry, exploration, problem solving and risk taking.  We aim to develop strong relationships with children and their families where there is reciprocal respect, support and involvement.

Specifically, we will do this through using the revised EYFS framework and Development Matters documents to inform the curriculum, the enhancements in the provision and next steps for pupils. 

Prime areas of learning:

  • 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 of learning:

  • Literacy (Comprehension, Word reading and Writing)
  • Maths (Number and Numerical patterns)
  • Understanding of the World (Past and present; People, culture and communities; and The natural world)
  • Expressive Arts and Design (Creating with materials and Being imaginative and expressive)



Children leave their Reception year with strong foundations, fully equipped with the attitudes, skills, knowledge and understanding to continue a happy and successful journey through school.  Children leave EYFS at Compton CE Primary School as confident, independent, resilient and kind individuals with a zest for learning.


  • Informal baseline assessment through interaction with the children to get to know each child during their first weeks in their class.
  • National Baseline assessment during the first six weeks of the Reception year.
  • Will focus on what the children can do and what the barriers are, supporting in overcoming these barriers to learning.
  • Staff are constantly assessing the children in their everyday activities, through play and adult led interactions, building on current knowledge and understanding and building on this, moving learning forward in the moment, allowing misconceptions to be spotted and effectively addressed at an early stage.
  • Discussing and encouraging reflection for next steps with the child.
  • Monitor every child’s progression against curricular goals.
  • Phonics assessments every half term using monster phonics.
  • Mark making/pencil grip assessments every term in Reception.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage - Good Level of Development (end of Reception Year)

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