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Early Years Curriculum

Our Reception Class is an exciting place to be.

We work hard to ensure that children are appropriately challenged, develop independence and are able to use their thinking skills.

In our reception class we follow the four guiding principles that shape practice in early years' settings.

  • Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable and self assured.
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments where their individual needs are met and there is a strong partnerships between practitioners and parents/carers.
  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

There are seven areas of learning and development which are inter-connected and crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning.

There are three prime areas:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

There are four specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

We use 'Little Wandle Letters and Sounds' programme to deliver phonics to our children. This enables us to have a structured approach to the teaching of phonics and is used to progress phonics knowledge up through KS1.

We use the NCETM maths programme 'Mastering Number' and White Rose Maths to develop the necessary building blocks for our children to excel mathematically.

Each area of learning is met through a balance of activities led or guided by adults and activities initiated by the children. Planned purposeful play underpins this balance of activities.

Evidence is collected throughout the year which enables the teaching staff to assess the children against 17 learning goals at the end of their Reception year. 

We use 'Tapestry' to record learning moments and we use 'Class Dojo' to communicate our class activities, using photograghs and text, with parents and care givers at home.

Before starting school in Reception our new children are invited with their parents or care givers to attend an afternoon session with our current Reception children, usually our Forest School afternoon. They are also invited to a short 'Stay and Play' session in the classroom. Parents are invited to an informal information session about starting school in the summer term prior to their child's start in September.

When children start school, parents are invited to attend workshops where they learn about the curriculum.  A phonics workshop is held in the first few weeks where parents are able to learn about how we teach reading and spelling. Workshops on other areas follow throughout the year.

Further information about the Early Years curriculum in Cherry Tree Class.

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