Early Years Curriculum
In our Reception Class, we have a play based approach to learning. We build on children’s home and previous setting experiences and give pupils the opportunity to participate in a range of multi-sensory activities both inside and outdoors, including cookery, Muddy Monday, visits out of school and visitors to school. Learning opportunities are planned, wherever possible, around children’s interests, wants and needs; this enables staff to provide individualised learning for each child. Children are taught regular phonics, maths, reading and literacy activities and we adopt a balance between child-initiated activities, adult-initiated learning and adult-led tasks.
In Early Years, there are 17 Early Learning Goals which the children work towards throughout the year. There are 3 Prime Areas which are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and developing their capacity to learn: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language; Physical Development.
These further specific areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to engage successfully in the world around them: Literacy; Mathematics; Expressive Arts and Design; Understanding the World.
We recognise that all children are individuals and will develop at different rates and in different ways. We use observations and assessments to carefully plan the next steps in a child’s learning. We follow children’s interest to engage, enthuse and motivate them and we work in partnership with parents and carers to share information in order to help children reach their full potential.