Our Reception and Nursery classes are part of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). We use the indoor and outdoor environments to support play and learning. All children have access to the garden throughout the day during free play or adult-directed tasks.
The curriculum is underpinned by the three Characteristics of Effective Learning:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development – developing confidence and independence as part of a group. Learning to take turns, show awareness of their own abilities. Develop perseverance and empathy.
Communication and Language – communicating with one another through speaking and listening skills. Taking turns when speaking, speaking infront of a group. Using language to retell or make up stories.
Physical Development – improving control and coordination of the body and learning to move and handle equipment efficiently. Developing gross and fine motor skills. Learning to move in different ways. How to keep healthy. Developing fine motor control for handwriting and letter formation. Taking care of own physical needs e.g. using the toilet and managing own clothing.
Literacy – developing early skills in reading and writing. Using phonics to read and write words and sentences.
Maths – learning about number, counting, quantity, measurement, shape and space.
Understanding the World – investigating and beginning to understand the things, places and people around the local community. Showing an awareness of other cultures and religions.
Expressive Arts and Design – finding ways to communicate by using colour, shape, sound, texture, dance, movement, role play and stories.
All children have an ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ profile online through Tapestry. Teachers and staff collect observations on the children and their achievements, and track these online. They also collect the children’s drawings and written work which is available in the classroom for children and parents to look at. The progress of each child is assessed termly to check that they are working within the expected range for their age. At the end of Reception all teachers complete statutory assessments of the children against the ‘Early Learning Goals’ .