EYFS overview 

This is the start of the journey at Lillington. In Nursery and Reception children develop through play and being creative in new ways. Role play, art, construction, outdoor play and exciting places to explore are key to our vision. Our learning environment encourages and nurtures the children to dream big.

Our Early Years Foundation Stage consists of both Nursery and Reception. Following the changes to the Early Years framework in September 2021, we have a flexible curriculum that suits the needs of our children and community.The reception children learn through an engaging and exciting curriculum that has a balanced approach using continuous provision and adult-led activities. We follow the White Rose Maths mastery programme to support practical mathematics in Reception. Our flexible cross curricular approach allows children to develop their skills across all the prime and specific areas of learning for the early learning goals.

Early Learning Goals

Prime Areas

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development 
  • Personal Social and Emotional Development 

Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World 
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Focus on Early Reading

We prioritise early reading and phonics here at Lillington and as such start to learn phonics early in the first term. We follow the Bug Club Phonics scheme.

To ensure all children – irrelevant of individual needs and starting points – make immediate and accelerated progress in the development of early reading, systematic synthetic phonics is taught from Nursery. The BugClub scheme is used to explicitly teach daily phonics across Early Years and Key Stage One, and provides a superb foundation in reading. We understand the importance of parental engagement and thanks to the interactive nature of BugClub’s eBooks (provided to all children from the start of Reception) and matching physical copies, every child can take ownership of their home-reading whilst parents/carers also develop a well-informed understanding of how to confidently support phonics/reading at home, in line with what is being taught at school.The desire to read will help with developing the skill of reading. The goal is enjoyment of reading for life.

Reception Baseline

The Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) is a statutory assessment from September 2021 onwards. It provides a snapshot of where pupils are when they arrive at school. It will provide a starting point to measure the progress schools make with their pupils between reception and Year 6, the end of primary school.