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Early Years Foundation Stage (Year R)

When children first start school they enter the final year of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which is the statutory framework for children from birth to five years.  At Leesland we often refer to this as Year R as it is also the 'Reception Year'.

In Year R children continue to learn through play, with a balance of activities freely chosen by the child as well as focussed learning opportunities led by an adult.

In addition to individual classrooms, we have an extensive outdoor learning area, our garden, where pupils from each of the 3 Year R classes can learn and play together. This helps build children’s confidence and independence.


We use our curriculum to plan learning opportunities in the following EYFS areas:


Characteristics of effective learning:

Playing and exploring – engagement

  • Finding out and exploring
  • Playing with what they know
  • Being willing to ‘have a go’

 Active learning – motivation

  • Being involved and concentrating
  • Keeping trying
  • Enjoying achieving what they set out to do

Creating and thinking critically – thinking

  • Having their own ideas
  • Making links
  • Choosing ways to do things



Prime Areas:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Making relationships
  • Self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Managing feelings and behaviour

Physical Development

  • Moving and handling
  • Health and self-care

Communication and Language

  • Listening and attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking



Specific Areas:


  • Reading
  • Writing


  • Numbers
  • Shape, space and measure

Understanding of the world

  • People and communities
  • The world
  • Technology

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Exploring and using media and materials
  • Being imaginative