Early Years Foundation Stage

New Reception Starters September 2021
Please see below for useful documents for transition to Reception and details of our 'Marvellous Me' summer activity
Foundation Stage 
Ash Class 


Our Staff: 

Mrs Berry (Class teacher Monday-Tuesday) 

Miss Illsley (Class teacher Wednesday- Friday)  

Mrs Fox (Higher Level Teaching Assistant and Parent Support Advisor)  

Mrs Tonkin (Teaching Assistant)  


Our Aim 

At Luxulyan, we are committed to meeting the needs of each individual child. This includes ensuring that each child experiences the full curriculum, is assessed individually and that provision is made for his/her particular development and educational needs. We meet these needs by covering the curriculum through the children’s interests and our Cornerstones topics. Our learning is fun, exciting, challenging and encouraging.


EYFS Curriculum - Early Adopter 

The EYFS is guided by a framework called ‘Development Matters’ that sets out the learning, development and assessment requirements for all children until the end of their reception year. All early years practitioners are required to pursue daily rich activities to support each child’s educational development across seven areas of learning. 

This guidance has been reviewed and the goals for the end of reception year have been updated. 

At Luxulyan School, we are excited to become an ‘early adopter school' before the statutory implementation in September 2021. 

You can find the detailed ‘EYFS early adopter framework- Development Matters’ document by clicking the link below: 


The Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning 

In planning and guiding what children learn, we reflect on the different rates at which children are developing and adjust their practice appropriately. Three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:  

• playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’  

• active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements  

• creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things 



Rainbow Challenges  

Each week the children are given challenges which link to our Cornerstones topics. These challenges aim to consolidate the children’s learning, address any misconceptions and promote a more independent style of learning. The challenges are designed following the children’s interests therefore empowering them to take control of their learning and progression. The challenges link to the Early Years Framework. The framework sets out the three prime areas of learning that underpin everything in the early years:   

• communication and language  

• physical development  

• personal, social and emotional development  

The four specific areas help children to strengthen and apply the prime areas:  

• literacy  

• mathematics  

• understanding the world  

• expressive arts and design  

 All of the areas of learning are connected together. The characteristics of effective teaching and learning weave through them all. 


 In Ash class, we use Tapestry as our online Learning Journal. Photographs, videos and notes of special moments are recorded and shared with parents at home. Parents will receive regular entries in their child’s journal, celebrating their achievements and exciting activities, individually or with their new friends and the staff looking after them. Parents can contribute to this growing journal by commenting on the journal entries, or even adding their own.  

Parents can share these special moments with their child at any time by logging into their Learning Journal, using their own password. In addition to the simple pleasure of seeing children’s enthusiasm in describing their day, talking together about the pictures and video clips in their journal helps to develop children’s language skills and build their self-esteem. 

At the end of the academic year, we will send an electric copy of the children’s Tapestry learning journal to keep and treasure, as well as enabling parents to download and keep the videos that have given you an insight into their first independent experiences.  

Class Dojo

Our school uses Class Dojo as a communication platform which enables teachers, children and families to share what has been learned in the classroom and at home. Our class story is regularly updated with photos and videos of significant learning experiences and activities in addition to important information regarding children’s learning (key events, useful resources etc)Class Dojo also allows teachers and parents to instantly message each other.