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Nursery and Reception


At Treeton C of E  we use a 2 year rolling plan to teach the EYFS framework. Examples of the long term planning for each of the cycles can be found below. More information about how we teach in EYFS is also detailed on this page. 

Learning in the EYFS

In Nursery and Reception, your child will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. This sets the standards for the learning, development and care of your child. The things your child will learn in EYFS have been organised into three prime areas of learning:

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

and four specific areas of learning

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

In the EYFS, play is an essential part of your child’s development. Most learning will be introduced through carefully planned opportunities for play. As the children develop we will introduce some adult-led focused activities, usually play based to develop their skills further.


We encourage an active and investigative approach to learning and aim to provide children with first hand learning experiences throughout their time in school. Reception children will usually experience three external educational visits each year. Nursery children will be invited to attend at least one visit, often as a family learning opportunity.  We encourage visitors into school to enhance learning opportunities, children have regular access to outdoor learning (including forest school activities and gardening), we also have regular cooking sessions.


There will also be opportunities for your child to choose activities that appeal to them, following their own particular interests. Don’t be too concerned if your child says that they have been playing all day –

it just means that they have been lucky enough to have experienced staff who have made their learning

fun and enjoyable!


Throughout your child’s time at school, they will be assessed regularly. This is to check their progress and identify the next steps in their learning.  In EYFS this is usually undertaken through observation of how your child is playing and learning in the environment. When your child begins school a baseline assessment is made to find out what they can already do. This is usually completed within the first couple of weeks and is nothing to worry about – the teachers use observation and play activities to make this. It isn’t a test and it’s unlikely your child will even know it is happening.


On-going assessments take pace throughout your child’s time in EYFS to monitor their progress and plan the next steps. Evidence for your child’s achievements is gathered through observations and recorded outcomes. The Development matters document (available below) provides guidelines for ages and stages of development within EYFS, and is used to support teachers observations.  At the end of Reception, this evidence is used to complete their EYFS Profile. This assessment is carried out by the Reception teacher and is based on what they, and other staff caring for your child, have observed over a period of time. All of the information collected is then used to assess where your child is currently within the seventeen areas of learning. The school will give you a report of your child’s progress, including information from their EYFS Profile. 

If you would like more information about the EYFS provision or general information about the school (number of classrooms,timing of the school day, uniform,PE kits etc) the power point we present to new EYFS parents each year has this information included. This presentation is available on the parents page, useful information section of the website.


H Hall EYFS leader 

Treeton C of E Primary School,
Wood Lane Treeton,
Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 5QS