Children in our Reception class follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) which is based on 7 areas of learning (3 Prime Areas and 4 Specific Areas). This is a curriculum which starts from when a child is born up to the end of the Foundation Stage. When child has experienced nursery provision (private or within a school) or a childminder they will have already accessed this curriculum before starting school.
Prime Areas of Learning -
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Specific Areas of Learning -
- Understanding the World
- Expressive arts and design
All of these areas are important for children to achieve a Good Level of Development (GLD) at the end of the Foundation Stage (end of their Reception year).
The Prime Areas of Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development are crucial for building a child's capacity to learn, ensuring enthusiasm for learning and developing good relationships.
Through the Specific Areas of Mathematics, Literacy, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design the children learn the essential skills and knowledge for them to be successful learners.
On-going assessment is an integral part of learning and development. We have skilled staff who observe the children learning and assess their progress and needs. Assessment provides key information to inform teacher's planning of next steps of development that need to be addressed. Parents are kept up to date about their child's progress and development via our Orbit tracking and observation tool. In the final term of the child's Reception year, each child is assessed against the Early Learning Goals, which make up the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile. This information is shared with both parents and the Local Authority.
Children engage in activities that are matched to their interests and are designed to motivate them in their own learning. Objective led planning which is matched to key skills allows a flexible and creative approach to the curriculum and allows for themed weeks based on the children's current interests and next steps of development.