Expectations by the end of Reception.

Age-Related Expectations for the End of Reception.

For your child to achieve within the following Areas of learning they need to be able to:


Making relationships:

Plays co-operatively, taking turns with others. 

Takes account of other children’s ideas about how to organise their activity. 

Shows sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and forms positive relationships with adults and other children.


Self-confidence and self-awareness:

Is confident to try new activities and say why they like some activities more than others.

Is confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas and will choose resources they need for their chosen activities.

Will say when they do or do not need help.


Managing feelings and behaviour:

Talks about how they and others show feelings, talks about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable.

Works as part of a group or class, understands and follows the rules.

Adjusts their behaviour to different situations, and takes changes of routine in their stride.


Listening and attention:

Listens attentively in a range of situations.

Listens to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what he/she hears with relevant comments, questions or actions. 

Gives their attention to what others say and responds appropriately, while engaged in another activity.



Follows instructions involving several ideas or actions. 

Answers ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.



Expresses him/herself effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. 

Uses past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. 

Develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.


Moving and Handling:

Shows good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. 

Moves confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space.

Handles equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.


Health and self-care:

Knows the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. 

Manage own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.



Links sounds to letters, naming and sounding the letters of the alphabet.

Reads and understands simple sentences.

Uses phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately.  Also reads some common irregular words.

Demonstrates understanding when talking with others about what they have read.



Use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken words.

Also writes some irregular common words.

Write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others.

Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.



Counts reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, places them in order and says which number is one more or one less than a given number.

Using quantities and objects, can add and subtract two single digit numbers and count on and back to find the number.

Solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.


In shape, space and measures:

Use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems.

Recognises, creates and describes patterns.

Explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.


People and communities:

Talks about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. 

Knows that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. 

Know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.


The world:

Knows about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things.  Talks about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. 

Makes observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talks about changes.



Recognises that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. 

Selects and uses technology for particular purposes.


Exploring and using media and materials:

Sings songs, makes music and dance, and experiments with ways of changing them. 

Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.


Being imaginative:

Uses what he/she has learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. 

Represents their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance role-play and stories.


In the Summer Term your child will receive a grade. 

This will either be:


Emerging – means working below age related expectations as they are still working within the Foundation Stage curriculum.

Achieved – means they have completed the Foundation Stage curriculum and are at age related expectations.

Exceeding – means that they are working above age related expectations.

Contact the School

Sherdley Primary School

Mill Lane
St Helens

Main Contact: Mrs Marie White/Mrs Helen Smith - Office Administrator / Mrs Angela Webster - School Business Manager

Tel: 01744 678683
Fax: 01744 678684

SEN Contact: Mrs Katie Bennett