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Hatchlands Primary School



‘Learning today, to make a difference tomorrow’


Welcome to Reception and the Early Years Foundation Stage, more commonly referred to as EYFS. Your child’s first year at school is an incredibly important time in both of your lives. At Hatchlands, we make every effort to ensure that your child’s experience in the Early Years is happy, active, fun and exciting whilst supporting their development and learning needs. 


Our aim is to create a learning environment and build relationships which support, enhance and stimulate a child’s curiosity, confidence and individual competency to flourish regardless of backgrounds, circumstances or needs. We work in partnership with parents and carers to encourage resilient, independent, enthusiastic learners who thrive and reach their full potential from their various starting points.


The Early Years Framework


The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. At Hatchlands your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating understanding through the 7 areas of learning and development.


Children develop the 3 prime areas first which are most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in the 4 specific areas. 


These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The team at Hatchlands will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs.


At our school children learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.


Area of Learning and Development


Prime Areas

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Self regulation 

Managing Self 

Building relationships  

Physical Development

Gross motor skills 

Fine motor skills 

Communication and Language

Listening, attention  and understanding


Specific Areas



Word Reading 




Numerical Patterns 

Understanding of the World

Past and Present 

People, culture and communities 

Natural world 

Expressive Arts and Design

Creating with materials 

Being imaginative and expressive




Our accessible environment allows the children to free flow inside and outside in order to make links between and access all seven areas of learning independently. Our well planned provision enables the children to develop key skills, whilst taking risks, in order to ensure the children can be successfully challenged and engaged. 




In the Early Years we use Tapestry, an online learning journal, to capture observations of children. We work in partnership with parents to build a holistic view of each child's development.




Reading to young children is crucial. They build vocabulary and develop listening and attention skills. Reading improves children's imagination and understanding of concepts and topics. In school, reading is a priority, and we advocate that at home parents read to their child every day.


At Hatchlands, we want all children to begin their journey to read with confidence, enjoyment and a sense of achievement.  We use Read, Write, Inc. to teach phonics systematically, which allows practitioners to carefully match books and lessons to each child’s needs.




Children enjoy a balanced curriculum through focused teaching and play. They have access to rich learning environments, both inside and outside. Resources and materials are accessible throughout the day for children to self-select during ‘free flow learning’. Children thereby develop independence and have the opportunity to practise and apply their knowledge and understanding. Adults observe and extend play, through sensitive interactions. We follow children’s interests and create motivating continuous and enhanced provision.


Children benefit from adult-led sessions covering areas such as phonics, mathematics and physical education (PE). These inputs are used to introduce and consolidate skills, concepts and ideas.

Reception Curriculum Overview 


Hatchlands Primary School: Early Years Foundation Stage Policy

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