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We have three Reception classes and we follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum Framework ensuring the children explore, learn and apply new skills, knowledge and understanding. There are seven key areas of learning and development in EYFS:


Three prime areas:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Communication and Language

Physical Development


Four specific areas:



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design


We use these areas, alongside the children’s particular interests, to plan lessons, activities and experiences. At Birchington children in Reception learn by playing and exploring, creating and thinking critically and actively involving themselves in their own learning. We strive to make our children’s learning as engaging, interesting and real through six termly topics:


Marvellous Me!

Time to Celebrate!

People Who Help Us

My 5 Senses

Fairy Tales

All Creatures Great and Small


Play underpins our EYFS and we believe that real life experiences are essential. This combination increases children’s motivation, develops communication and language skills and provides them with a greater understanding of the world. In Reception we provide lots of opportunities for these experiences such as seasonal walks, visitors from the community, a trip to a wildlife centre and our local parish church. As well as this we have a wonderful outside space which is accessed by the children daily. At Birchington we provide children with a safe space to make decisions, take risks and challenge themselves with activities which are purposeful and engaging, in a variety of environments. 


The children use the bikes and trikes regularly on the playground and they have access to our forest area, complete with mud kitchen. They also have a range of provision in our outside classroom, including a water area, music station, construction site and writing den! 


We use an online journal, Tapestry, to assess and track the children. We are very excited to open this journal to parents this year, allowing parents and carers to view, comment and like their children’s adventures and achievements in school.

For our EYFS Curriculum, Intent, Implentation and Impact infomation, please CLICK HERE