Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)


At Meadow Primary school we aim to capture and sustain young children’s interests; to empower them to become motivated learners with a desire to continue learning; to help them take their first educational steps positively and to meet the wider world of education with confidence.

Aims of the EYFS:

  • To make the child’s first experience of school happy, positive and fun.
  • To ensure that all children feel secure and valued.
  • To provide a broad and balanced curriculum by well planned activities and lessons covering the 7 areas of learning of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • To provide a rich and varied indoor and outdoor learning environment
  • To establish positive relationships with parents.
  • To foster love of learning, enquiring minds and the ability to discuss, adapt and negotiate.
  • To value children’s interests providing a balance of direct teaching and child initiated activities.
  • To make careful observations and set targets to support and extend the children’s learning appropriately.
  • To help children develop self-control and to respect the feelings, needs, cultures and abilities of others.
  • To develop key skills in early, communication literacy and numeracy that will prepare young children for Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum.
  • To ensure that children with special educational needs are identified and receive appropriate support.

Early Years Foundation Stage Policy

Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA)

The Reception Baseline Assessment is essential for building a fairer progress measure for primary schools. It is a new assessment that will be administered in all primary, infant and first schools in England to pupils attending Reception classes.

Your child will be participating in the Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) within the first 6 weeks of starting Reception.

The purpose of the assessment is to provide the starting point for a new measure that will help Parents/ Carers to understand how well schools support their pupils to progress between Reception and Year 6 / the end of Key Stage 2.

What is the RBA?

The RBA is a short, interactive and practical assessment of your child’s early literacy, communication, language and mathematics skills when they begin school, using materials that most children of your child’s age will be familiar with. It is statutory for all schools from September 2021.

For more information please see the guidance for Parents/ Carers and speak to your class teacher if you have any further questions.

Information For Parents: Reception Baseline Assessment

Phonics in the EYFS

Little wandle

At Meadow Primary we use Little Wandle Letters and Sounds as our Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP) programme.

Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised is a complete Systematic Synthetic Phonics programme (SSP) developed for schools by schools. Based on the original Letters and Sounds, but extensively revised to provide a complete teaching programme meeting all the expectations of the National Curriculum and preparing your children to go beyond the expectations of the Phonics Screening Check.

Please use the following link to find out more and gain access to free resources: 



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