Our Reception pupils develop an early love for stories, exploration and learning in our exciting environments.

EYFS Curriculum

Our intent is for our Reception learning environments to inspire and provide opportunities for all children to access all areas of the EYFS 2021 curriculum in their daily play. This is implemented through a range of continuous provision, adult interaction and high quality learning as mapped out in our curriculum planning documents below. 

Implementation & Impact 

Our curriculum goals are where we want our children to be by the end of Reception. Within the prime and specific areas of learning, we have broken down the our curriculum goals into key knowledge, skills and vocabulary for every half term. This will support staff in facilitating learning to meet the end goals and in making accurate judgements at assessment points (baseline, midline and end point). We have used the non-statutory guidance from Development Matters to support us in designing our curriculum goals. 

Autumn curriculum goals have been developed to ensure that children have a smooth transition to school and have the communication and language, PSED and physical skills needed for their first year in primary school.  

For Spring & Summer terms, our curriculum goals and themes are used as a starting point only, we ensure children’s interests are key to all curriculum planning. Plans are therefore flexible in content but characteristics of effective learning, skills, knowledge and vocabulary are key to ensuring all play and learning supports children’s development. 

Children’s development at the end of Reception is assessed using the early learning goals (ELGs) as set out in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2021). Our curriculum goals have been developed to include the ELGs and additional learning that we believe is crucial for ensuring that children are ready for the next phase of their education.  

Children are at the centre of our planning at St Teresa’s. We nurture the children and their interests whilst following the EYFS Framework.

Our learning environments are assets that enable us to educate through play and exploration. We have: indoor & outdoor role play, construction, outdoor sensory area, water wall, balance circuit and our wonderful woodland area.


Starting school and later, moving from Reception to Y1 is an important time for children and their families. We have carefully planned transition processes into Reception and at the end of Reception into Y1 that supports children’s learning journey. Please read our Transition document for more information. 

Curriculum Documents


Supporting your Child’s Learning at Home

Outdoor Learning

We explore OUTDOORS EVERY DAY! Please make sure your child has a warm coat each day. We wear these under the school waterproof trousers and jackets with our wellies to explore, laugh and learn outside.

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