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Robins - Reception

Welcome to Robins class!

Children in Robin’s class follow the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage), children follow the EYFS framework from birth to 5 years old and all professionals (nurseries, child-minders, teachers etc.) use this framework to plan for children’s next steps and support their holistic development.

The EYFS was recently revised and the revised EYFS came into effect in September 2012. The changes to the framework include stronger partnerships between parents and professionals, changes to the areas of learning with 3 specific and 4 prime, introduction of a progress check for 2 year olds, and simplified assessment at the end of the Foundation.

The EYFS is a very important stage for children as it helps prepare them for more formal teaching and lifelong learning. Children’s early years’ experience should be a happy, active, exciting, fun and safe time which enables every individual child to achieve their full potential. Here at Drayton Community Primary School we aim to ensure that all children learn by ‘doing’ and leave Robin’s class with a love of learning and feeling safe and excited by the opportunities that learning offers.


Areas of learning

The EYFS framework is divided into 7 areas of learning


  • Communication and language

  • Physical development

  • Personal, social and emotional development


  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the world

  • Expressive arts and design


For more information of what each of these areas of learning involve please read the parental booklet which will also give ideas to support your child’s learning at home in fun, practical ways.


Characteristics of learning

The revised EYFS identified that children relate to things and interact with the environment in different ways; these have been classified as the ‘characteristics of learning’. These characteristics run through all areas of learning.

  • Playing and exploring

  • Active learning

  • Creating and thinking critically

During the EYFS observations will be made on these characteristics of learning and at the end of the year these will be reported on.


Topics are planned to incorporate the children’s interests, events such as festivals including Christmas, Chinese New Year and Easter and times of year such as autumn, winter and summer.


The EYFS curriculum is very flexible and is dictated by the children’s interests and next steps for this reason the areas that we might cover are only a guide.


Please refer to the parent’s overview for more details about the focus in each area of learning.


General information about Robin’s class

  • Please ensure that all children have the following in school each day- a named water bottle, suitable clothing as the children have free flow access to both the indoor and outdoor learning environment. There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing for the weather!

  • Children need a named PE in school, our allocated hall times for PE are on a Wednesday and Friday but due to the flexibility of the EYFS we may do PE on other days.

  • Children are given a snack of fruit, milk and water every morning. Children are allowed to bring an extra ‘healthy’ snack (fruit, vegetables, bread sticks etc.).

Terrific Transport

Term 5 11th April- 27th May 2016

Welcome back to Term 5! The children have been at school for almost a year now and we will continue to make changes to our daily routines to prepare the children for the exciting transition to Puffins (Year 1).

This term is an exciting topic that has been chosen due to many children’s interest in the wonderful world of transport!

The term starts with ‘community week’ which will be celebrated across the whole school. In Robin’s class we will explore what this value might mean and how we can uphold a sense of community. We will discuss ways that we can support the community; in our class, school, families and the village. We look forward to seeing you at the community week coffee morning on Friday 15th April where you will be able to sample some of our delicious cooking.

We will delve into the world of Terrific Transport and learn about vehicles that can be found in and on the sea, road, rail, air and vehicles that help us such as ambulances.

Please pop into class to find out more about what we are learning!

Harvest Festival

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Robins class performed in Harvest Festival, if you didn't get to see it here it is!