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Expectations of a EYFS child.

This section provides information for parents and carers about the end of year expectations for children in our school. These objectives will be worked on throughout the year and will be the focus of direct teaching. Any extra support you can provide in helping your child to achieve these is greatly valued.

These statements are what is known as the ‘Early Learning Goals’ for the Early Years foundation stage. The children have to achieve a ‘best fit’ for all 17 goals in order to attain a ‘Good Level of Development’.

If you have any queries regarding the content of these statements or want further support in knowing how best to help your child, please talk to your child's teacher.


Personal, Social an Emotional Development:

- Children are confident to try new activities and say why they like some more than others. Confident to speak in familiar group, will talk about ideas and choose own resources. Say when they do or don’t need help.

- Children can talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about own and others behaviour & its consequences & know that some behaviour is unacceptable. Work as part of group or class and understand and follow rules. Adjust behaviour to different situations and take changes of routine in their stride.

-  Children play cooperatively, taking turns with others. They can take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. Show sensitivity to others needs and feelings & form positive relationships with adults and children.

Physical Development:

- Children can show good control and coordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

-  Children eat a healthy range of foodstuffs and understands the need for variety in food. They are usually dry during the day. They show some understanding that good practices with regard to exercise, eating, sleeping and hygiene can contribute to good health. They understand need for safety when tackling new challenges, and consider and manage some risks. Children show understanding of how to transport and store equipment safely. They practice some appropriate safety measures without direct supervision.

Communication and Language:

- Children listen attentively in range of situations. Listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. Give attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaging in another activity.

- Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. Answer how and why questions about experiences and in response to stories or events.

-  Children express themselves effectively showing awareness of listeners needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events


- Children can read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. Demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read:

- Children use phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. Also write some irregular common words. They can write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.


- Children count reliably with numbers from 1-20, place them in order and say which is 1 more/less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

- Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time & money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They can recognise, create and describe patterns. They can explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.


Expressive Art and Design:

- Children sing songs, make music and dance & experiment with ways of changing them. Children safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, shape and form.

 -  Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.


Understanding the World:

- Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They can talk about features of own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. Can make observations of animals, plants & explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

- Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and the lives of family members. They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

-  Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. Select and use technology for particular purpose