During the Reception year children have extended opportunities to learn through play. Learning takes place both inside and outside and the classroom. Through a mixture of carefully planned adult activities and more spontaneous child led activities the children develop skills and understanding in the following 7 areas of learning:
The Prime Areas of Learning are:
Personal, social and emotional development (PSED)
Children are encouraged to establish positive relationships with adults and other children. They learn to work co-operatively as part of a group, to understand what is right and wrong and why and to consider the consequences of their actions. Adults working in early years aim to encourage all children, to make sure that each child is given an equal chance to join in with the range of activities on offer and that all children feel equally valued as part of the whole group.
Communication and Language (CL)
Children have had the opportunities to develop their speaking and listening, reading and writing skills by sharing and enjoying many stories, rhymes and non-fiction books. We have also focused on identifying sound using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme.
Physical development (PD)
Children use a range of balancing and climbing apparatus to develop their co-ordination and awareness of space. They use a variety of sports equipment in class and team games. We also focus on using smaller tools, construction and malleable materials to practise skills.
The Specific Areas of Learning are:
Children learn about pattern, shape, and measures. They order, sequence and sort with objects and numbers through practical activities. They are encouraged to use mental strategies and skills as well as number rhymes, songs and games.
This area includes both Reading and Writing. We use the phonics programme Letters and Sounds. The children are taught both reading and writing skills, linking sounds and letters. Children are given a wide access to a range of genre of texts including stories, poems to ignite their interest.
Understanding the World (UW)
This area of learning includes science, history, geography, design technology, information technology and religious education within topics. We focus on providing the children with a range of activities and different equipment to investigate and use.
Expressive arts and design (EAD)
Children explore colour, shape, texture, form and space through a range of activities in art, music, dance, stories and imaginative play. We provide them with opportunities to express and communicate their ideas and feelings.
Children’s progress is carefully monitored through the Reception year and learning is tailored to their needs and interests. Teachers will share children’s next steps with you at regular intervals and you can see them displayed in their classrooms. Parents’ contributions to children’s learning are strongly encouraged and we welcome your feedback on learning that is taking place outside school.
Key Person in EYFS
Each week the class teacher emails an observation photo/comment - made in school-time - of each child home to parents and carers. Parents and carers can access this on their personal email account and reply to the class teacher, or use the class contact to the left for general enquiries or concerns.