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Reception is a very exciting year for parents and families, as it is the beginning of a new learning journey for their children. In Reception, we support children to develop into confident and competent learners, in order to be successful in their school life and beyond.

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Phonics Lead: M. Dosanjh


Yearly Overview:  RECEPTION

Learning Through Play: 

Through play children can develop language skills, their emotions and creativity, social and intellectual skills. We ensure that there is a balance between child led and adult-led activities.  The children are able to select, use and play with a wide variety of resources during our continuous provision.


EYFS curriculum

Early years Foundation Curriculum

Curriculum Intent

At Seva School, we pride ourselves on our creative curriculum which allows for many 'I wonder' moments as the children engage in many real-life opportunities within an immersive environment leaving all in awe! 

Our Reception curriculum demonstrates our commitment to the EYFS Framework requirements for learning and development.  The framework sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. The EYFS framework specifies the requirements for learning and development which must shape activities and experiences for the children in their early years.

The children within our early years setting learn through a range of play based opportunities as well as adult led and independent activities. The children have independent access to a stimulating curriculum both indoors and outdoors on a daily basis. The outdoor environment includes access to a garden area which helps to further enhance the children's learning through exploring and gaining new learning experiences engaging with the outdoor environment whatever the weather. 

Areas of learning

There are seven areas of learning that shape the educational programmes. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three prime areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. There are four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.


Prime Areas

Communication and Language

Physical Development

Personal, Social and Emotional development


Specific Areas



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design


The Seven areas of learning in EYFS

Communication and Language development (CL) - giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical Development (PD) - providing opportunities for children to be active in order to develop their coordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.  

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) - helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Literacy development (Lit) - encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Mathematics (Maths) - providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

Understanding the World (UW) - guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive Arts and Design (EAD) - enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

The staff must consider the individual needs, interests, and stage of development of the children. For children whose home language is not English, staff will value and encourage the use of home language while ensuring children have sufficient opportunities to learn and reach a good standard in English language. Each area of learning is implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity.


EYFS Environment

Staff recognise the importance of providing an enabling environment.  They offer a range of stimulating resources for the children to select and there is opportunity to play and learn both indoors and outside. Independence time and through our continuous provision is an excellent opportunity for children to develop in the prime areas of learning and independently apply skills and knowledge learnt in focused lessons.  Staff carefully observe and facilitate children's chosen play to support and develop their learning.  Focused lessons cover the seven areas of learning.  At the start of the EYFS there is a greater focus on the Prime areas. The prime areas continue to be important in reception but we increase learning in the specific areas of Literacy and Maths so that the children are prepared for Year one. 




Service, Excellence, Virtues and Aspiration

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