Early Years Foundation Stage

When we succeed in giving every child the best start in their early years, we give them what they need today. We also set them up with every chance of success tomorrow.

Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5. This is a very important stage as it helps your child become ‘school ready’ as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, we strongly believe that their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs. In order for children to acquire a deep level of learning, it is important to ensure they have opportunities to build memory prompts, enabling them to recall things which they have learnt, effectively continuing to build their knowledge as they progress throughout education.

Our Reception Class Curriculum Intent

To work in partnership with parents and carers to encourage independent, happy learners who thrive in school and reach their full potential from their various starting points.

To understand and follow children’s interests and provide opportunities throughout our EYFS curriculum to support learning, consolidate and deepen knowledge and ensure children meet their next steps.

To create an indoor and outdoor environment which motivates, inspires and supports learning.

To prepare ALL children to reach the Early Learning Goals at the end of the Foundation Stage and ensure ALL children make good progress from their starting points.

To plan and support a successful and smooth transition into KS1.


The curriculum - what we want children to learn.

Our Curriculum for Reception is ambitious and planned to provide high quality teaching and learning for ALL. Stories and language development are at the heart of everything we do in Apple Tree Class.  Careful sequencing helps the children to build on their learning over time and reactivate prior learning. We use children's interests to motivate them and staff plan 


  • We strive to ensure that our children’s progress across the EYFS curriculum is good from their varied starting points. We also strive for ALL children to reach the Early Learning Goals at the end of Reception and to be near National expectations.
  • Evidence in children’s Interactive Learning Journeys support all areas of the EYFS curriculum.
  • Class teachers use observations to make formative assessments which inform future planning and ensure that all children build on their current knowledge and skills at a good pace.
  • Summative assessment compares children’s attainment to age related expectations using  Development Matters.  This is tracked to ensure rates of progress are at least good for all children, including vulnerable groups such as those with SEND or who are disadvantaged.
  • Assessment judgements are moderated both in school and externally with local schools. 


All Early Years children attending Lostwithiel Primary School will have a personal online Learning Journey which records photos, observations and comments in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage. This enables us to build up a record of each child’s learning and achievements during their time with us. We use the Tapestry system, which is hosted on secure, dedicated servers based in the UK.

This system, called ‘Tapestry’ is an online learning journal used in schools around the country, it enables staff to take photographs, videos and make written observations of the learning your child does at school. You will then have access to this information (using your email address and a secure password to log in) so you can celebrate this learning at home too.

Tapestry is a brilliant platform of shared learning opportunities and therefore it is a useful tool for Parents/Carers. Not only can you see what your child is learning in school, you can also add your own posts to keep school informed of what your child gets up to out of school too! We love sharing learning experiences both inside and outside of school, all of which contribute to the progress your child makes as they move throughout the Early Years.

The EYFS Profile summarises and describes children’s attainment based on ongoing observation and assessment in both the prime and specific areas of learning.
The importance of story and rhyme

Over the year we will immerse ourselves in stories and rhymes. We will sing and enjoy rhymes everyday and by the end of the year all children will know a wide selection of popular rhymes. Some of our favourites are; Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Row row row your boat, Incy Wincy Spider, 1,2,3,4,5 once a caught a fish alive, Five little ducks, The Grand Old Duke of York, Heads, shoulders, knees and toes, Down at the station, Hey diddle diddle, Five currant buns, Baa Baa black sheep, Five little men, 5 speckled frogs, The bear went over the mountain, Mary had a little lamb, I am the baker man, Five little monkeys, I can sing a rainbow, London Bridge, Mary, Mary.

Listening to rich and varied stories will help foster a love of reading and books. Our favourite stories are read frequently and joined in with to encourage repetition and word knowledge. 

Mrs Kate Webber


I have taught Early Years for 22 Years and absolutely loved every minute! No day is the same and I am constantly learning from the fantastic children that we have the pleasure working with. My passion is learning through real experiences and allowing children to play and explore, giving them the confidence to ask questions and solve problems. I am proud to have set up our magical Forest School provision in school and feel honoured to work in the Lostwithiel Community.