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We are very lucky to have a fantastic team in Reception this year.  Myself, Miss Willders the class teacher, Mrs Slaney our fantastic TA and 30 mini teachers! 


At Cherry Willingham Primary Academy, we strongly believe that play is a child’s work, and that they learn best when motivated in an exciting and stimulating environment which has been designed with their needs at the forefront.  We want our children to be independent, active learners, to learn through play and exploration and will take their learning both indoors and outdoors, whatever the weather! 

We strive to build firm foundations for learning by developing skills and knowledge through a variety of engaging activities and contexts, as well as supporting children’s own interests.  We aim to provide children with a happy, secure environment with carefully designed areas to ensure children reach their full potential. We do not assume that children will automatically develop knowledge, skills and concepts by engaging in activities that are rich in opportunities therefore direct teaching by adults is crucial and planned. 

The adults teach the pupils the skills and knowledge, which they can then transfer to their chosen activity during their child initiated play and rehearse their learning. Through observations of the pupils the adults are able to extend the activity or thinking to suit the needs of the pupil and support them in their next steps. When the children show these skills independently and apply in a self-motivated way, we know they are then internalised.

Each child will have their own Learning Journey which will contain evidence of their learning and experiences both at school and home. Parents are encouraged to add their own information on their child so that the Learning Journey becomes a home/school partnership. Parents are invited to discuss their child's progress at least twice a year at a Parent Information evening. At the end of the EYFS year each child will receive a report on their progress over the year in the areas listed below.

Three prime areas; Communication and Language (CL), Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) and Physical Development (PD) and the four specific areas Literacy (Lit), Maths (M), Understanding the World (UW) and Expressive Arts and Design (EAD).

They will also be given an attainment level (emerging or expected) for each area. The "expected" level is what an EYFS child is expected to be working at by the end of the year. A child that is "emerging" has not yet reached the expected level.  Should you have any further questions please don't hesitate to ask a member of staff.

More Information about the Early Years Foundation Stage is available through the link below

Changes to the early years foundation stage (EYFS) framework - GOV.UK (

You can also read our EYFS policy which is available on our website.