Bournville Village

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Reception at BVPS

The Early Years Foundation Stage applies to children from birth to the end of their Reception Year. At Bournville Village Primary School, we build on the foundations laid by our nursery providers throughout the Reception year. The curriculum for EYFS underpins all future learning by supporting children’s personal, social and emotional wellbeing, as well as positive attitudes and dispositions towards learning.


At Bournville Village Primary School we believe that our youngest children are resilient, sociable, imaginative and curious learners. They have the right to develop their individuality, be safe, be creative and have their aspirations nurtured. We aim to achieve this by providing an environment where children can be risk takers, be challenged and supported by adults who are experts.

What Learning Looks Like in Reception

The Cadbury building is dedicated to Reception where our large classrooms are organised to allow children to explore and learn securely and safely. There are specific areas of learning organised to encourage the children to be active, be quiet or be creative, for example. Children have access to both the inside and the outside environment at various points in the day which is known to have a positive effect on children’s development.


Learning through play underpins our approach in the foundation stage, with time given each day to ‘explore and learn’. We embrace the fact that young children learn best from activities and experiences that interest and inspire them to learn. In doing so we can provide children with stimulating, active play experiences in which they can explore and develop their learning and to help them make sense of the world. Children have opportunities through their play to think creatively and critically alongside other children as well as on their own. They can practice skills, build upon and revisit prior learning and experiences at their own level and pace. Play gives our children the opportunity to pursue their own interests, inspire those around them and consolidate their understanding and skills. The children learn to adapt, negotiate, communicate, discuss, investigate and ask questions. Our adults take an active role in child-initiated play through observing, modelling, facilitating, teaching and extending play, skills and language.


Activities are planned with reference to the three Characteristics of Effective Learning:

  • 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 a develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things


We also believe strongly in the Seven Features of Effective Practice:

  1. The best for EVERY child
  2. High-Quality care
  3. The Curriculum: What we want children to learn
  4. Pedagogy: helping children to learn
  5. Assessment: checking what children have learnt
  6. Self-regulation and executive function
  7. Partnership with parents

Click below to find our curriculum documents: