Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (Reception Classes)
We endeavor to provide a stimulating environment, which will facilitate a smooth transition from nursery to school for both children and parents.
It is our aim in Reception to enrich and extend upon the experiences the children bring with them to school and to provide a curriculum, which will meet the developing needs of each child. In the first term children will become familiar with their new environment, equipment and routines.
On entry to school and throughout the Foundation Stage the children will be assessed by the Foundation Stage staff. This assessment will be used to plan appropriate differentiated programmes of study within the Early Years Foundation Stage as outlined below. These build upon the knowledge and understanding acquired by the children during their time in nursery school.
Prime Areas of Learning
Communication and Language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Physical Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Children are also helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Specific Areas of Learning
Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.
Understanding the World involves guiding children to make sense of their physical and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive Arts and Design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feeling through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play and design and technology.
Throughout the reception year children’s development will be assessed through observations which inform the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile and progress will be reported to parents. Parents will be invited to discuss their child’s progress with the class teacher in the autumn term and again later in the spring term, with a final written report at the end of the summer term. If parents have any concerns, then please do not hesitate to make an appointment to discuss these issues with either the class teacher or headteacher.
We use 2 Build a Profile as a record of each child’s Learning Journey. The Parent Share element allows observations to be shared with parents and for them to also share observations from home.
Parents will also have the opportunity to attend Early Years Foundation Stage workshops relating to the curriculum. Guidance will be given as to how parents can support their child’s learning at home.