Leven Valley C of E Primary School

Early Years

Here at Leven Valley our Reception children are part of Class 1 - a mixed class of Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Being a small class allows us to provide personalised learning experiences and enables the children to develop strong and secure relationships with their teachers and peers throughout the first 3 years of school.

To help your child with the transition process from pre-school settings, they will be offered sessions in school during the summer term, before starting school in September. In September you will be offered a home visit where Miss Birbeck and Miss Dixon will come and visit your child in their home environment. This will give you the opportunity to ask any questions and discuss your child’s next step on their education journey as they start at Leven Valley. 

Early Years Provision

Reception children follow the Early Years Foundation Curriculum which consists of seven areas of Learning. 

Prime Areas: 

  • Personal and Social Development 
  • Communication and Language 
  • Physical Development 

Specific Areas: 

  • Literacy 
  • Mathematics 
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design 

In order to give our children the best possible start to their education here at Leven Valley, we carefully plan and implement teaching and learning opportunities that help support them in reaching their full potential as individuals. We value the importance of learning through play and adventure. The children have access to both indoor and outdoor provision in which they are encouraged to build on their learning through play, exploration and challenges. This allows them to become independent in making choices.  

Four main principles

We follow four main principles which help guide our planning and give the children the best possible start. These are:

  • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them to build their learning over time.
  • The importance of learning and development. Understanding that children develop and learn at different rates.

Daily Routines

Our daily routines help support the children into settling into school life and enable them to learn the routines and become part of the school community.  

During the morning, the children have a 20-minute phonics session which is fun, engaging and interactive. Our phonics is also integrated into literacy and across the curriculum where possible.  Link Phonics Page

The children have focused English and maths activities to help them meet their Early Years Goals, these are planned to meet the children’s needs and engage them with learning. These newly learnt skills are then built into our continuous provision which enables them to be able put this learning into practice during their playing.  

In the afternoons the curriculum is planned and implemented using a thematic approach in Class 1 on a three yearly cycle. This approach gives children the opportunities to apply learning from across the curriculum and gives their work practical context and opportunities to apply knowledge and skills they have learned through a variety of learning opportunities. 


Assessment plays an important part in the Early Years, helping to recognise children’s progress, understand their needs, and to plan activities and support them. Ongoing assessment through informal observations is an integral part of the learning and development process. Assessing the children in this way allows us to tailor our planning and help support the children’s next steps. We use the online learning journal Evidence Me to help support us in capturing assessments and observations, as well as a physical learning journal to keep a record of their first year at school. 

At the end of Reception, an Early Years Foundation Stage Profile is completed for each child and shared with parents. This provides you with a well-rounded picture of your child’s knowledge, understanding and abilities, their attainment against expected levels, and their readiness for Year 1. Each child’s level of development is assessed against the Early Learning Goals and the progress that they have made throughout the year. This is done through assessments and our knowledge of the children and their abilities. 

 Our Reception children are happy, confident and have a sense of belonging within the school. We give our children the broad range of knowledge and skills that will provide the right foundation for future success through school and life.