Foundation Stage

Reception children on their first day at our Academy

When the children start school they join one of our two Reception classes; Palm Class (Miss Brown) or Elm Class (Miss Payne & Mrs Kingscote).

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

At Dursley C of E Primary Academy we greatly value the importance that the EYFS plays in laying secure foundations for future learning and development. All children begin school with a wide variety of experiences and learning. We aim to build upon these through a holistic approach ensuring that parents and guardians, support staff and the Reception team work effectively together to support the learning and development of the children in their care.

Our Curriculum

In Reception we provide a broad, balanced and creative curriculum that will set in place firm foundations for further learning and development in Key Stage 1 and beyond. The planning within the EYFS encompasses a wide range of different topics varying from year to year, inspired by the children’s interests, which provide a variety of experiences and integrate our Together Curriculum.

Examples of some of our Reception topics have been:

  • Around the World
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Shiver Me Timbers
  • Superheroes

                  Once Upon a Time dress up day

Our Reception long term planning can be accessed here. 

The Classroom Environment

In Reception, we do not make a distinction between work and play. Children learn through planned play activities and staff will decide when child-initiated or adult-led play activities would provide the most effective learning opportunities. The Reception classrooms and outdoor space is organised to allow children to explore and learn securely and safely. There are areas where the children can be active, imaginative, explorative, reflective or even restful.

Here are some photos of the children on their first day in Reception:



Our 'Middle Garden' outside area

Parent/Carer Involvement

We are passionate about working in partnership with parents and guardians and value their contributions in school as well as at home. On a monthly basis we invite parents, carers and other family members into school for a themed ‘Family Fun’ session where they can take part in a range of activities with their child in the classroom and outdoor area. These may be linked to a topic or particular area of development and are always extremely popular with both the children and adults. We also use ‘2Simple’ to share observations of the children’s experiences and learning. This is shared on a regular basis via email and we welcome comments, photos and similar observations of the children made by parents and carers.