Clanfield Church of England Primary School

Transition to Primary School


Our approach in Reception

At first glance, it can appear that the children are ‘only playing’ whilst in the Foundation Stage. However, the best Early Years Education is based on the understanding that whilst children are playing, they are learning. During the day there will be a mixture of adult initiated, child initiated and adult led activities as well as whole class, small group and individual activities.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is based on four themes and seven areas of learning. You can find out more about these in the Department for Education (DFE) EYFS website

The four themes are:

The Unique Child   Positive Relationships    Enabling Environments   Learning and Development

The seven areas of learning

The Foundation Stage consists of 7 areas of development, three prime and four specific.
Children should mostly develop the three prime areas first. All activities in reception are based on these seven areas of learning through structured activities and carefully planned play.
Children in the Early Years learn in both our indoor and outdoor areas through: playing and exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking.
The 3 Prime Areas of Learning 
Communication and Language    Physical Development      Personal, Social and Emotional Development  
The 4 Specific Areas of Learning
Literacy    Maths     Understanding the World     Expressive Arts and Design 

Characteristics of effective learning

The Characteristics of Effective Learning and the prime and specific areas of learning are all interconnected. They should also underpin everything that practitioners offer in the environment. The characteristics describe how a child learns.

When children are left to explore a stimulating learning environment on their own, they will learn through playing and exploring. However, this is not enough. Children need support from a skilful practitioner, who has the knowledge of when to intervene and give guidance. This support will help children make significant progress in their learning.

Practitioners must not push children; they must look closely at their emotional and intellectual abilities and find out what they can do. When planning activities or experiences practitioner’s must remember the different ways in which children learn and reflect these in practice.

Characteristics of Effective Learning: 

Active Learning      Playing and Exploring    Creating and Thinking Critically 

More information around the Characteristics of Effective Learning  

Information for new Parents


Admissions - September 2023 intake


School Virtual Tour



For those parents, carers and children who have not had the chance to visit Clanfield C of E School, this Reception Classroom Tour allows you to 'visit' our Reception classroom and outdoor learning area. Hosted by Headteacher, Mrs Kim Rogers, you will see our modern, purposeful learning environment, where the children love to learn.


Reception Classroom Tour