The Early Years at provides a warm, safe environment for all children both physically, socially and emotionally. It is a place where all learning is valued and where children can lay the foundations for a lifelong love of learning and reach their potential.
This happens through:
Children in reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This is a framework which supports children’s development from birth to the end of their Reception year. The EYFS is based on 4 important principles.
Principle: Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Principle: Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key adult.
Principle: The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
Principle: Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and interconnected.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum consists of the Characteristics of Effective Learning and seven areas of learning and development which are interconnected. More information on the EYFS is available here
Young children learn best through multi-sensory play based experiences. All the children in the EYFS at learn through a mixture of child and adult initiated play. The children have access to both indoors and outside for most of the day. Learning which takes place outside is of equal value to that which occurs inside.
Children are introduced to early skills in reading, writing and maths at a developmentally appropriate level. Children’s love of books, stories and rhymes are developed from the moment they enter to promote a lifelong love of reading. Children follow the Letters and Sounds programme that ensures a structured approach to learning the technical skills of reading using synthetic phonics. We offer a reading workshop for parents to attend in the Autumn Term of each year to enable parents to support their children with reading and writing at home. All children are encouraged to be mathematical thinkers and we provide children with concrete mathematical learning experiences that enable them to be secure in basic skills but also to apply these skills in play and other everyday activities.
In Reception medium term planning takes the form of topics and reflects settling-in, the seasons and time of year, the major festivals and celebrations, favourite stories and the interests of the children. It ensures that all areas and aspects of the curriculum are experienced over the year and identifies learning possibilities (attitudes, knowledge and skills) within each area of learning. These plans are intended to be guidelines and have the flexibility to respond to children’s changing needs and interests.
A useful video clip showing the correct 'pure' pronounciation of phonemes (units of sound).
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