EYFS - Nursery & Reception

The team produce a weekly plan for the areas inside the classroom, which is displayed on the wall/door. This will tell you about the different activities for each area of learning and the key questions that we will be asking the children each week. This plan is also sent on Class Dojo, along with other photographs, news and reminders, so please check the class page regularly.



At Chapel Street Primary School we believe that all children are entitled to a rich, broad and balanced curriculum, which will enable all children to reach their full potential and develop personally, socially, academically, spiritually, morally and aesthetically.


It is the aim of our Nursery and Reception to provide a happy, caring and stimulating environment in which each child is valued as an individual, developing the self-confidence and the ability to interact effectively with others.


We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum ‘Development Matters’ as this is a statutory framework that sets out a broad range of knowledge and skills to develop the children’s learning in the Foundation Stage.


The children will be learning skills, knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through the seven areas of learning and development.


The three prime areas:

• Communication and language;

• Physical development;

• Personal, social and emotional development


These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in four specific areas:

• Literacy;

• Mathematics;

• Understanding the world;

• Expressive arts and design


The Early Years curriculum at Chapel Street is designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow and cater for your child's unique needs and interests.


Children in the EYFS learn through playing and exploring, being active and inquisitive and developing their creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

We consider ourselves partners in your child’s learning. The activities that you do with your child at home are essential in supporting their learning and development, and are critical to your child’s learning as they progress through school. For example, talking, listening, reading, singing nursery rhymes, cooking and baking or playing outside with them.


Reception at Chapel Street

All children will complete the EYFS profile by the end of Reception as part of statutory end of key stage assessment. Staff who work with the children carry out ongoing assessments and observations and use this to fill in the profile and report the outcomes. We have high expectations of our children and support all individuals to reach their potential.


In Reception our learning is developed through topics which are developed through the children’s interests and understanding. With key learning objectives and questions that nurture their language, thinking, reasoning and understanding in all areas.


Children have planned daily sessions of:

Teacher-led learning in Literacy (reading, writing, phonics) and Maths (numbers and shape, space and measure)


Independent learning through Literacy and Maths activities providing well-planned opportunities for children to apply and challenge their skills and new learning.


We provide a challenging, stimulating, exciting environment to enable every child to reach their potential and to build strong foundations to continue on their learning journey through school.


You can find out more about the EYFS at www.foundationyears.org where there is a “Parents guide to EYFS”



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