What Will A Child Leaving Our Reception Look Like?

Alongside the Early Learning Goals (ELGs) that form the end of year assessments in all Reception classes, we have our own ‘ideal outcomes’ here at Foulds. We work with our Reception children towards these end of year outcomes, in order to prepare them to move on to the next stage of their learning journeys.


As a result of a rich and varied diet of stories, conversation, shared learning and role play, our children are confident conversationalists! They interact confidently and competently with other children and adults in large and small groups, listening to others and responding with relevant answers, comments or questions. They can talk about what they are doing as they do it. When they don’t understand, they ask for clarification or help. They have a wide and ever-expanding vocabulary, speaking in whole sentences and using correct tenses. The children can focus for an age appropriate amount of time. They know how to respond during whole class discussions.


Our children are excited to come to school and they settle quickly on arrival. They feel secure and safe in the setting and know that they belong. While big feelings can overcome them sometimes, they know some ways to calm themselves (or they can ask for help to calm down). They think of others and show care towards them. Rules and routines are understood and (usually!) followed. The children are increasingly independent and they know that they can do hard things. Making mistakes doesn’t worry them as they know that mistakes can help them to learn. They can share, take turns and try new things.


In Reception at Foulds, we know that learning uses the whole of our bodies, not just our brains! Our children can move around safely, aware of their surroundings. They move with pleasure and energy every day. As a result, they have developed the muscles in their whole bodies to support them as they walk, run, climb, sit, read, write and play. Our children hold and use a pencil effectively. They know that they are in control of their own bodies, keeping them strong, healthy and safe.  


Stories are part of every day in Reception. Our children love to read and to be read to. They can tell stories that they enjoy sharing with others, and they can write some sentences of their own. They use their developing Phonics skills to read and write sentences in a range of contexts. They know the names of letters and the sounds that they can make, and can form most of them correctly using the ‘patter’ they have been taught to support them.  Well-versed in looking for clues in pictures, our children look at body language, facial expressions, colours, shapes etc as well as the written words to help them to make sense of books. They play with words, exploring and enjoying rhyme and rhythm within stories, nursery rhymes and poems. They know how a simple story is structured and begin to apply this to their own storytelling and writing. Our children write simple sentences clearly and are proud when others can read them.


Our children enjoy Maths and enjoy playing with, exploring and talking about numbers! They have a deep understanding of numbers to 10. They can subitise numbers to 10, and often beyond. As part of their keen exploration of number, they notice numerical patterns and begin to know some of them by heart. Maths is part of our play at Foulds and the children routinely use numbers to keep score, compare groups, share quantities equally, work out how many more of something they need, etc.


Exposed to a wide range of experiences at school, within the local community and on trips further afield, our children have a good understanding of the world around them and their own place in it. They enjoy learning about the wider world and the different cultures, religions and communities within it. The children witness first-hand some processes and changes to the natural world, including duckling eggs hatching, caterpillars undergoing metamorphosis and plants growing from seeds.  They can talk about how their lives are different to the lives of people in the past, as well as people who live in different communities both locally and in the wider world. They notice things around them and ask questions to find out more.   


Our children love to create! They love to get stuck into painting, cutting, sticking, junk modelling, drawing, building and storytelling and are proud to explain to others how they made their masterpieces. They can use a wide range of techniques and tools as they build and create. As part of daily Helicopter Story sessions, the children learn to tell and act out stories which engage and excite their friends. They have an ever-expanding repertoire of nursery rhymes and songs. The children enjoy dancing, singing and playing instruments in their play.