St Teresa's Catholic Primary School

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) -Reception Year 

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework published in 2012 by the Department for Education that sets the standards for the development, learning and care of children from birth to five.

Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them. Development is not an automatic process, however. It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.

A Unique Child + Positive Relationships + Enabling Environments = Learning and Development

In Reception the children learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through seven areas of learning and development.  The areas of learning are split into two categories; Prime and Specific.  The Prime areas of learning help children to develop their skills initially which the Specific areas can be built upon at a later stage.

 Prime Areas

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Making Relationships
  • Self-confidence and Self-awareness
  • Managing Feelings and Behaviour

Communication and Language

  • Listening and Attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking

Physical Development

  • Moving and Handling
  • Health and Self-Care

Specific Areas


  • Reading
  • Writing


  • Numbers
  • Shape, Space and Measure

Understanding the World

  • People and Communities
  • The World
  • Technology

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Exploring and Using Media and Materials
  • Being Imaginative

You can find out more about the current learning taking place in EYFS by visiting our Reception Class Information Page - you can also download copies of the latest Reception Newsletter.

Evidence Me (see your child's learning)

We use an online 'learning journal' called Evidence Me to track the achievements and interests of your child.  EYFS staff regularly update your child's journal and we strongly encourage families to upload their own contributions. 

Click on the icon to read the parental guidance for using Evidence Me.