At Ryelands Primary and Nursery School, the EYFS curriculum is designed to encourage independent, inquisitive and happy learners.

Every child is recognised as a unique individual, and we acknowledge and promote children’s interests to provide them with the opportunities to follow their imagination and creativity. In Reception, we provide a vibrant and a language rich, indoor and outdoor, continuous provision, that follows the children’s interests and skill needs, to support learners in investigating and developing their skills through play-based experiences. Throughout the environment, both inside and outside, you will see busy children actively engaged in a wide range of activities that they themselves have chosen.  The Reception curriculum is also broadened to include more formal learning in Mathematics and Literacy. The children enjoy a daily structured phonics programme and we ensure that reading is at the heart of our curriculum.   We work in close partnership with parents and carers throughout the year to support their learning and to encourage children to reach their full potential. We also aim to support the transition from EYFS to KS1 and provide children with the skills and attitude they need to have a lifelong love of learning.



Our greatest resources are the adults who have a good understanding of child development, support children’s independence to become reflective and resilient learners

Sensitive and skilful adult-child interactions focus on extending thinking, broadening communication and introducing challenge. Each adult skilfully models and enhances learning whist following the ‘planning in the moment’ principles.

Warm, authentic relationships between all staff, the children and their families are a priority.

We follow a ‘key person’ approach – where children have formed a bond with those adults during the settling in process. They are therefore able to better meet the emotional, personal and social needs of each child when required.

Curriculum and Progression

In the prime areas: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language; Physical Development and the specific areas of Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts and Design we follow the Birth to Five guidance.

In the specific area of Literacy, we follow the Development Matters document and Letters and Sounds, supported by our progression document for reading and writing.

For the specific area of Mathematics, we are following the Mastering Maths approach, to ensure a depth of understanding of number.

Our planning and curriculum aim to reflect what skills the children need, based upon our baseline and ongoing assessment.



Through professional discussion, internal and external moderation we ensure that the personal judgements are consistent and offer a clear understanding of how best to support the children within Reception. The knowledge gained from these assessments enables the environment to be adapted to ensure the children have the opportunities to develop the skills needed within the continuous provision. Our curriculum reflects the needs and skills required for each cohort.


Unique provision:

In addition, to our fabulously resourced provision, we also offer the children in Reception the opportunity to:

  • Learn to ride a bike
  • Grow produce, which children can grow from seed to plate
  • The first hour of each day is dedicated to relationship/bond building, where all of the adults in the unit spend uninterrupted quality time with the children.