Welcome to Reception, Class 1 

                                      Class teacher: Miss Gillum     Nursery Nurse: Mrs Thurman       Teaching Assistant: Mrs Doneo 

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is followed at Walkern Primay School.


The care and education of children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follow statutory requirements and guidance given by Government.

The Early Years Foundation Stage

This is the statutory framework for all children aged between 0 and 5 years. It provides a planning framework for all the children at Walkern Primary School.


The early years curriculum is organised into 7 areas of learning
For each area of learning there is a set of developmental stages and early learning outcomes which describe what each child is expected to be learning at each stage.

Teachers and Early Years Practitioners  plan the curriculum to ensure the children make good progress towards the early learning goals which children are expected to reach by the end of the Reception class. At Walkern Primary School we support all children to make the best possible progress and achieve their highest potential by the time they leave us.


There are 7 areas of learning:


3 Prime areas of learning

  • Communication and Language

  • Physical Development

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development


4 Specific areas of learning

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Art and Design




Communication and Language

• Listening and Attention: Children learn to listen to each other and adults individually and in small and large groups. They listen and join in with stories and rhymes every day with enjoyment and relevant responses.

• Understanding: Children develop understanding of language through their play and exploration they respond to questions, they explore, predict, explain, describe… They learn to follow instructions to extend their learning.

• Speaking: Children are given a rich range of real experiences and activities to talk about. They take part in planning and recall activities enabling them to talk about past experiences and plan the future


Physical Development                     

• Moving and Handling: learning and improving skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement in large and small movements e.g. climbing, jumping and using pencils and scissors.

• Health and self-care: Children learn about the importance of good health, physical exercise and healthy diet. They enjoy the outdoor environment every day including a wide range of play activities. They will learn to manage their own hygiene and personal needs, e.g. hand washing and healthy snacks.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

• Making relationships:  Walkern Primary School  provides a happy, safe and secure environment where children feel valued and respected. Children form positive relationships and learn to work and play together cooperatively.

• Self-confidence and self-awareness: Walkern Primary School provides an environment where children grow in independence and are excited about learning. They will learn to speak in a group, to express their ideas and to make choices.

• Managing feelings and behaviour: Children learn about their emotions and the feelings of others. They will be supported to show appropriate behaviour, turn take and share.




In the EYFS children’s mathematical understanding develops through active learning, play and exploration. They will use indoor and outdoor environments, stories, songs,  and games.

• Number: Children will learn to count reliably, order numbers, calculate, problem solve and use mathematical language

• Shape, space and measure: Children will learn about weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money. They will explore, recognise, create and describe patterns and shapes.



For both reading and writing children will develop phonic knowledge that will enable them to decode, read and write words. Phonics will take place through a range of learning experiences e.g. listening activities, songs, rhymes and playing with language throughout the EYFS.

• Reading: Children will learn the skills they need to be a reader and to love books, they will borrow books to be read to them at home and enjoy daily stories at school. They will become familiar with print and talk about their reading.

• Writing: All attempts at writing will be encouraged, children will start with their own names and words of interest to them. They will write what is meaningful to them and be able to read it.

Understanding the World

People and Communities; The World; Technology

In a rich active learning environment children are challenged to find out about themselves and the cultural diversity within the world.


They will use ICT and explore the natural world that they live in.  


Expressive Arts and Design

Exploring and using media materials; children will sing, make music and dance.  They will have daily opportunities to use a wide range of tools, techniques and materials creatively and safely.

Being Imaginative; children will be encouraged and supported to express themselves imaginatively through all media.


How young children learn

Through Child Initiated Play, and small group adult led activities, the children will experience a range of activities indoors and outdoors, whatever the weather to develop skills, knowledge and independence.    We have suitable clothing to enable children to be outside, whatever the weather.   Children learn actively within a supportive routine. 


In all areas of learning there is a strong emphasis on active learning, play and exploration, and creating and thinking critically.


More information about the EYFS can be found on:





This term we are learning about animals we are currently reading Elmer the Elephant the children are doing a variety of activities based around this and have been looking at friendships and what makes us special and unique.  The children are going to continue reading this next week and will retell the story using puppets. We currently have a Vets in the role play area and will be having different animals in to visit our classroom.

We are looking at the past present and the future and children have been discussing things that happened in the past within their own lives.

We will be celebrating Chinese New Year in class and will be having a trip to the Chinese Restaurant in Walkern.   

The children have all settled in well to Walkern life and are enjoying their time in school.This term we are looking at Traditional Tales and Ourselves. The children have enjoyed sharing family pictures and speaking about there families. We have been reading Goldilocks and The Three bears the children were all very excited to receive a visit from Goldilocks and Daddy Bear. Some children made porridge in class and enjoyed trying the porridge and speaking about their experience. We made  Goldilocks and The three bears books the children enjoyed talking about the story and drawing pictures.The children have enjoyed looking at rhyming words and this week we learnt the s sound in phonics.