Our Reception classroom runs differently to the rest of the school because we have our very own curriculum called the EYFS Framework.
Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s health, development and future learning.
As your child grows the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
In our Reception Class we offer a play-based curriculum carefully matched to children’s individual needs and interests. It is designed to be a very flexible curriculum to suit the unique needs of very young children.
For example, on of this term’s overarching theme is ‘Winter’. To encourage an enquiry based approach to the topic-we have called it ‘Where is Winter?’ The children have already been hooked into the theme using their own interests of Frozen and Ice Age. We have talked about what they already know and what they would like to find out about-winter animals, snow and Jack Frost. I will develop these ideas alongside the children to learn about Polar Regions around the world, hibernating animals and investigating water in different forms.
We will be reading stories and non-fiction texts around this theme as a class and in our guided reading groups. We will practise our phonics daily and learn about numbers and shapes-all linked to our class theme. We will be learning to ask questions and share our ideas confidently, whilst developing our class values during circle time based on our own experiences and stories that we share.
Overall, we will be learning by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. These are the Characteristics of Effective Learning and support the development of skills such as engagement, motivation and thinking independently.