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  • To follow the EYFS curriculum, and develop the Characteristics of Effective Learning.
  • For all children to feel happy, safe and secure in our learning environment.
  • To develop the holistic development of the whole child and celebrate their individuality through a combination of focused activities to suit their needs, and responding to the children’s interests and curiosities as they arise.
  • The children take part in daily phonics and mathematic sessions.
  • To provide exciting provision to engage and inspire the children to learn.
  • To develop a plethora of opportunities to develop the children’s Communication and Language skills.
  • To inspire all the children to explore their own interests, and develop a positive attitude towards learning.
  • To encourage children to take risks and develop resilience.
  • To encourage the children to have high expectations of themselves and others.
  • To develop pupil’s cultural capital by ensuring all children gain rich experiences, and have equal opportunities in order to prepare them for future life.
  • To ensure all children are challenged appropriately using our KUNCU approach.


  • At Meadowside Academy, we have a school Big Idea every half term. In Reception, we loosely follow this using the children’s interests at the heart of the learning.
  • We have a focus story every week to develop our ‘Pleasure for Reading’ and our writing.
  • We respond to the children’s interest in the classroom, and recognise when to be part of the learning, and when to watch the learning.
  • We use Tapestry and journals to record the learning in the classroom for each child. The evidence collected is individual to the child.
  • Every term, each child will be one of three focus children for the week. This is a week in which we spend more time on that child’s next steps and collect evidence that goes into the Journal. This also allows staff to build great relationships with each child.
  • The KUNCU approach ensures all children ‘keep up’ with their peers and are challenged appropriately. The children are targeted and then a KUNCU session is tailored to their needs. This may be a group activity or a 1:1 activity.
  • Pupils will gain rich experiences through school trips linking with our local community and further afield. We have regular visitors into school to engage children and spark interests.
  • Children take part in weekly Outdoor Learning sessions to develop their confidence and resilience, and broaden their understanding of the world around them.
  • We develop and celebrate the Characteristics of Effective Learning through praise and reinforcement.
  • The timetable in Reception consists of an adult focused maths, phonics and English session lasting no more than 25 minutes each. The other time is ‘Play and Learn’ time. This is where the children can explore their learning through play. Some areas in the classroom are set up to continue the learning from the session, but other areas are set for ‘Freeplay’. This is to ensure that the maximum amount of progress is being made by every child.
  • Phonics follows the 'Little Wandle' scheme’. The lesson structure is Revisit/Review, teach, practise and apply. 
  • We celebrate independent writing after every Play and Learn session
  • The children take home a reading book and a Reading Book for pleasure every week.
  • The children take home a phonics book that is updated after each sound taught in school. The children can practice the sounds and practice the letter formation at home.
  • In Mathematics, we follow NCETM Numberblocks planning. We also use White Rose Planning for inspiration. We focus on a number for a week or two and investigate everything we can regarding the number. This can be for the numeral itself, to the money represented or the name of the shape with the same number of sides.
  • Parents/ Guardians are informed of their child’s learning through the online journal, Tapestry. Parents/Guardians can share the learning from home through Tapestry. We then celebrate the learning in school.
  • In Reception, we recognise the importance of Communication and Language. We have a curiosity table to inspire the children to share ideas and make connections. We use natural loose parts in the areas to create more possibilities for the children to use their imaginations. The children take it in turns to make the playdough at the beginning of the week and follow the instructions. Outdoor learning is important at Meadowside Academy, and so every morning we discuss the season, the month and the weather to encourage the children to independently choose what they need to wear and be aware of when outside. In the morning, we also discuss the plan for the day so that the children are aware of what is Now and Next.  The children our daily story time where they have the opportunity to learn and explore new vocabulary. They also love the daily singing session. The children have access to all the books, puppets, props and singing spoons so that they can continue singing and telling stories to each other when in ‘Play and Learn’. On a Friday, we have ‘Show and Tell’. Every week a phoneme is chosen and the children can hunt at home for something with the phoneme as an initial sound. They can then talk and share their chosen item to the class. The other children listen and then can ask a question. This is all on top of responding to the children’s curiosity and interests every day.



  • Children will feel valued, safe and happy.
  • Children will have a positive relationship with the staff in Reception.
  • Children will have developed positive learning behaviours, respect towards themselves and others, and the resilience to try new things and challenge themselves. They will be able to manage conflict and disagreements independently using various strategies.
  • Children will be intrinsically motivated to learn, with the sole purpose being enjoyment and a love of learning.
  • Children will be confident in all seven areas of learning, with the focus being on the development of the whole child.
  • The foundations of learning will be secure to prepare them for KS1. This will be all seven areas of learning with particular focus on the prime areas: Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, and Physical Development.
  • Children will have the knowledge and experiences to help them tackle new challenges when they arise, preparing them for future life.
  • Parents will have a positive relationship with the staff in Reception.
 Early Learning goals for Reception.pdfDownload
 Early Years Foundation Stage Policy .pdfDownload
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