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Our Approach to EYFS

In Reception we aim to make every child’s first experience of school happy, enjoyable and rewarding. We achieve this by valuing all the different personalities, talents, experiences and interests each one of us brings.
We cover the seven areas of learning from the Statutory Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage. These are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language,
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Physical Development
  • Expressive Arts and Design

 Our eighth area of Learning is Religious Education.

Every day the children are provided with opportunities to be curious, enthusiastic and knowledgeable learners for life. We provide learning challenges in both the indoor and outdoor classrooms and the children develop perseverance, resilience and independence through these activities.

Reading and Writing is an integral part of our EYFS Curriculum. We use the Read Write Inc Phonics scheme as a resource to provide the children with an excellent starting point for Reading and Writing. Phonics activities are varied and happen daily. These give the children a firm foundation and an opportunity to challenge themselves. The children are given daily opportunities to write for various purposes e.g. a letter to Mummy Pig inviting her to tea.

Mathematics is taught in a multi-sensory and practical approach. The children have ample opportunities to explore Number, Shape, Space and Measures using various equipment and objects. They are taught different strategies to solve problems and develop their mathematical reasoning skills.

The children have two dedicated PE sessions a week. One is led by a PE expert and the other is teacher led. These develop a range of skills that include; gymnastics, ball skills and team games. The children have daily opportunities to develop their fine and gross motor skills through a multitude of activities. We promote healthy eating and healthy self –care and regularly talk about this especially during snack time.

The children learn about their place in our new and fast-changing world. We talk about different communities, places to live, cultural events and their own environment. We encourage children to talk about their own history and experiences; all of which are celebrated. We teach that we are all special and unique.

In Reception, we love to be creative and encourage imaginative play. The children use materials, props, instruments and masks to express themselves and enhance their learning through play. We regularly change our role play and encourage the children to come with ideas to enhance it.

Helpful Hints

This half term Reception have PE on a Monday and Tuesday. PE kits will be sent home to be washed every half term. If you would like the PE kit before, please let us know,

Reading is such an important life skill. Please read with your child every night and practise their key words. We use the Read Write Inc Reading books which have lots of opportunities for children to practise their blending, recognise key words and develop comprehension skills. It is also important that children have experience with a wide range of books and every Friday the children will bring home a book that they have chosen to share with you.

Maths Home Learning is sent home on a Friday. This is a good opportunity for the children to consolidate their learning from during the week. Please take a photo of your child to put on Tapestry. We love to see their mathematical minds at work!

Reception are always very busy making things and we love to use your recycling! Please bring in any cardboard items that we can use. We cannot take any items that may have had dairy or egg due to allergies in our classes.

Here are some useful websites to support your child during Reception: