In Foundation the children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage. Staff plan learning experiences and activities that are playful and cross curricular.  The classrooms are resourced with provision areas (eg. sand, water, roleplay) which the children access independently throughout the day. These areas are regularly enhanced in response to current curriculum themes and to children's interests. The children also access outdoor play sessions everyday - whatever the weather!

In EYFS, there are seven areas of learning:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Development

 A statutory reception baseline assessment (RBA) will be introduced in autumn 2020. This assessment  will be used as a baseline for measuring the progress primary schools make with their pupils.

Schools will be required to carry out the assessment within the first 6 weeks of children starting school. It will be an activity-based assessment of pupils’ starting point in:

  • language, communication and literacy
  • mathematics

The assessment will not be used to label or track individual pupils. No numerical score will be shared and the data will only be used at the end of year 6 to form the school-level progress measure. 

Reception Baseline Assessment, DfE (2020)


In Foundation, staff assess children's learning and development against age related expectations in the seven areas of learning throughout EYFS.  Observations of children's independent application of knowledge and skills are the basis for these assessments. 



For more information about the EYFS framework click here.