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  • Foundation

    Class Teacher: Mrs. P. Gorton

    Support Staff: Mrs. Stevens Reception Class, Mrs. Hostein Nursery Class, Miss. Dickson Nursery Class (currently on Maternity Leave), Miss Hunt Nursery Class.

    Explaining Early Learning Goals

    At the very end of Reception Class (the Early Years Foundation Stage), each child will be assessed against a number of key areas called the Early Learning Goals (ELG).  Our statutory requirement is to assess in all areas with the greater focus being on the PRIME AREAS these are Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development.  Prime areas are fundamental, work together, and move through to support development in all other areas.  the remaining four SPECIFIC AREAS these are Expressive Arts and Design, Literacy, Understanding of the World and Mathematics.  Specific areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society.

    We aim to explain what is expected at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception Class) for each area here:

    Communication and Language

    ELG 01 – Listening and Attention

    Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events, and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

    ELG 02 – Understanding

    Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

    ELG 03 – Speaking

    Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.

    Physical Development

    ELG 04 – Moving and Handling

    Children show good control and coordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

    ELG 05 – Health and Self-Care

    Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.

    Personal, Social and Emotional Development

    ELG 06 – Self-Confidence and Self-Awareness

    Children are confident to try new activities, and to say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They say when they do or don’t need help.

    ELG 07 – Managing Feelings and Behaviour

    Children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow rules. They adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routine in their stride.

    ELG 08 – Making Relationships

    Children play cooperatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.


    ELG 09 – Reading

    Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate an understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

    ELG 10 – Writing

    Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.


    ELG 11 – Numbers

    Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

    ELG 12 – Shape, Space and Measures

    Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.

    Understanding of the World

    ELG 13 – People and Communities

    Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

    ELG 14 – The World

    Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one to another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

    ELG 15 – Technology

    Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.

    Expressive Arts and Design

    ELG 16 – Exploring and Using Media and Materials

    Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function

    ELG 17 – Being Imaginative

    Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories

    Nursery aged children are assessed by staff against the expectations for children aged 30 to 50 months this is to allow us to monitor a good rate of progress. however inline with Statutory government legislation this is measured without levels.

    Early Years Gallery

    Early Years Curriculum – Summer 2017

    Early Years Class Letters

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