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Early Years Foundation Stage



The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Emmaus begins in the Nursery and continues until the end of the Reception year.  The EYFS curriculum is based on the following areas of learning; the prime areas of Personal, Social & Emotional Development; Communication & Language and Physical Development together with the specific areas of learning: Literacy,  Mathematics; Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.


    Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Assessment                 



During the Reception year, as part of the learning and teaching process, we assess each child’s development in relation to the age related expectations and 17 early learning goals in each of the prime and specific areas of learning.  These statutory assessments are summarised and recorded in each child’s individual EYFS Profile.


Assessments are made through observations of the children engaged in child-initiated and adult-directed tasks, as well as a shared dialogue between teachers and parents/carers.  By the end of the Reception year, each child will leave the Early Years Foundation Stage and enter Key Stage 1 with their strengths celebrated and their future learning needs clearly identified.


Organisation of Reception


Children are organised into activity groups, which are developmentally appropriate to their needs.  During the course of each day, they will visit a range of planned activities which focus on each of the areas of learning.  The children work within the two Reception classes (blue and yellow base) a creative workshop (red base) and an outdoor classroom (green base).  This ensures that the children receive the appropriate breadth and balance of activities and are able to access a range of resources every day.

Please click on the links below to find information relating to the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and assessment procedures