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Information for new parents

Information for parents new to Reception Class

At St Edmund’s we understand the importance of providing the best possible start to your child’s school life.  We aim to create a safe, stimulating and enjoyable learning environment which is underpinned by Gospel values. 

Reception is an important year for your child to acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding needed for their future learning.  Our practice is built on the four Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) themes:


We value your child’s uniqueness by understanding that children learn at different rates and in different ways.   It is essential that we get to know your child before they start school by visiting them at their pre-school setting, during our induction sessions and most importantly by building good relationships with parents. This ensures that the transition from nursery to school is as smooth as possible which enables them to settle in quickly and happily.

In Year R we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum which builds on their learning from their pre-school settings. 

The EYFS is organised into seven areas of learning three prime and four specific areas.  The prime areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences, and run through and support learning in all other areas. The prime areas continue to be fundamental throughout the EYFS.  Specific areas include essential skills and knowledge. They grow out of the prime areas, and provide important contexts for learning.

Characteristics of learning

The ways in which children engage with the environment and others around them underpin learning and development in all areas of the curriculum.  The characteristics of their learning – playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically support children to become motivated and effective learners.

Learning through play is a very important part of your child’s development.  We ensure that there is a balance of creative adult initiated activities and opportunities and resources for your child to initiate their own learning both indoors and outdoors.  This inspires them to gain a curiosity of the world around them, develop their social skills and be motivated to try new activities.

In Reception we will continually assess your child development against the criteria set in the EYFS profile.  The aim of the profile is to gain reliable information of your child’s progress and next stages of development.  It helps us to plan a personalised curriculum for your child’s needs.  At the end of the year this information will be shared with you and their next teacher to ensure a smooth transition to Year 1.