Merton Park Primary School



What to expect from Reception

The first statutory year of education and such an important stage of development for children. Reception is often an exciting but also anxious time for parents. It could be the first time you leave your child, the first time you see your child making friends, learning phonics knowledge, reading, talking about maths and experiencing long days! All with the aims of laying the foundations to prepare your child socially, personally and academically for the years to come.

Within the first six weeks your child will be assessed against the 'reception baseline' standards set by the DFE - Click here to find out more

The children will be working on mastering the Early Learning Goals. 

Meet the Reception team!

Reception class (ID 1053)

 New to EYFS 2023

New to EYFS presentation 2023

Tapestry presentation

Reception baseline assessment- information for parents

Phonics presentation


Class newsletters

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


Reception and the Foundation Stage Curriculum

In the Nursery and Reception classes the children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This involves activities and experiences for children in the following seven areas (the three areas in bold are considered the ‘prime’ areas of learning)

  • Communication and language development 
  • Physical development  
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Literacy development
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Each of these areas has its own learning goals. By the end of Reception most children should have made significant progress towards achieving these goals.  At Merton Park children are encouraged to be independent learners in a safe and stimulating environment, including our fantastic outdoor learning area specifically designed for Early Years children.



For more practical information about starting in the Foundation Stage at Merton Park, please see our EYFS prospectus here.