Berridge Primary and Nursery SchoolWorking Together to Achieve Success


Prime Areas



Communication and Language

At Berridge, children speak and listen in a variety of contexts and gain confidence in expressing themselves.


By the end of reception we expect children to be able to listen to stories and comment on them, follow instructions containing several parts, answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions, and express themselves effectively when talking about the past, present and future.


Some of the things we do to help children reach this end point includes role playing, valuing words and thinking about unusual and new words, using puppets to tell stories, listen to and describe the sounds we can hear around us.

Physical Development

At Berridge, children are active and interactive. They develop their control, co-ordination and movement on a large and small scale. They also understand about what it means to be healthy.


By the end of reception we expect children to move confidently in a range of ways, handle tools and equipment safely and effectively, make some healthy choices, and manage their own basic needs such as getting dressed and using the toilet.


Some of the things we do to help children reach this end point include using large toys and equipment outside, activities to help strengthen their hands ready for writing, PE lessons, and noticing the changes that happen to their bodies after exercise.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

At Berridge, children develop a positive sense of self. They develop social skills and learn how to manage relationships. They understand appropriate behaviour and have confidence in their own abilities.


By the end of reception we expect children to try new activities and talk about their ideas, talk about their own and others’ feelings and about what behaviour is and isn’t acceptable, play co-operatively with others, sharing and taking turns.


Some of the things we do in order to help children reach this end point are have a lot of activities which children can lead themselves – we encourage them to choose their own activity and the resources they need. We help children resolve conflicts with their friends. We have clear and consistent expectations for behaviour and children become familiar with these and the other rules of the setting.