Welcome to The Early Years

In Reception we continue to work from EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) documentation. This is a statutory curriculum for all children in England and sets out clear goals (Early Learning Goals) which children aim to achieve by the end of Foundation Stage. We plan around children’s interests following their lead in the topics they want to learn about. We set a baseline assessment for all children in Reception using this to plan effectively for children’s next steps. Children enjoy showing us what they can do and are quick to celebrate success. We model resilience throughout the Foundation Stage encouraging children to take risks and accept new challenges using a play based approach. Lessons are planned to be engaging and fun and continue to be assessed daily.

Progress is monitored by the class teacher and the headteacher Mrs Wood.

Reception Children follow the phonics programme “Letters and Sounds” and our school reading scheme which centres on the Oxford Reading Tree. All children in Reception have access to iPads please click here to see a list of some of the apps we use which can be downloaded on iPads at home.

So far in Reception, we have introduced our topic ‘Me, Myself and I’. The children have enjoyed sharing their likes and dislikes, and have even shared their links from home through their treasure boxes. We are currently reading ‘What The Ladybird Heard?’. We have created maps, traps and have even been on the look out for Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len. The children are learning to structure stories through story maps and use story language when retelling their stories. Click here to see where our topic has taken us so far this half term. Have a look at the curriculum newsletter to see what we will be covering this half term.

Curriculum Overview - We spend time developing prime areas (C&L, Personal Social and Emotional Development and PE) in order to prepare children to read, write and count. When children are confident in these areas we begin to plan for specific areas.