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The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Priory Rise gives children the very best possible start to their education, developing each child to become the very best version of themselves. At Priory Rise, we ensure that our children establish solid foundations, on which they can build for their future learning journey, so they can continue to flourish throughout their school years and beyond. The EYFS prepares children for learning in Key Stage 1 and the National Curriculum.

At Priory Rise School our Foundation Stage consists of Nursery and Reception classes. See the separate Nursery Tab for more information about this provision.

Reception Year

Reception builds on what the children have already experienced; at home, in our Priory Rise nursery or in other pre-school settings. During this year in school, children will continue to have rich opportunities to explore and learn through play, as well as direct teaching. The children will experience direct teaching of phonics, numbers and patterns and topic. We follow the government scheme ‘Letters and Sounds’ for phonics.

Your child will experience a warm and welcoming learning environment which provides well resourced inside and outside areas developing their curiosity, problem solving and investigation skills.

What is the EYFS?

Learning will be developed through the characteristics of effective learning and the 7 areas of the early years foundation stage (EYFS).

To find out more about what the EYFS is about and the various stages of child development click below for the document "What to expect, when? Guidance to your child’s learning and development in the early years foundation stage".

"What to expect, when?"


Throughout the school year we will focus on a range of topics which reflect the children’s interest, the cultural calendar, current affairs and the world around us. The topics are flexible themes, depending on the choices of the children. Click the link below to see an example of possible curriculum themes.


Induction Booklet

Please click the link below to see the Induction Booklet for families new to Priory Rise Reception year. This will provide you with lots of information and details you may need to know prior to your child starting.

Induction Meeting

Please click on the link below to view the slides used in the presentation at the meeting for new Reception year parents.


The best way to support your child is to talk to them, narrate activities that you are completing, even if this is simply the weekly shop, join in with their play and spend time following their interests and fascinations. Children of Reception age should have regular support with reading, as often as possible, daily is ideal, for 5-10 minutes building to 15-20 minutes by the end of the year. Occasionally during the year we will post a homework task on Tapestry, this might be a suggested activity to carry out, discussion or for parents to make observations about their child.


Tips For Toileting

Tips For Toileting


Please note that children in Foundation have PE on Thursday and Friday so will need their PE kit on those days.