In Reception, we learn through a range of teacher directed and self-initiated activities which take place both inside and outside our classroom. We focus on creating positive relationships where children feel supported, nurtured, and can become confident, independent learners. We follow the new Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) which is divided into the following 7 areas of learning:
* Communication and Language (CL)
* Literacy. Using the “Letters and Sounds” scheme for Phonics.
* Mathematics (previously PSRN)
* Personal, Social, and Emotional Development (PSED)
* Physical Development (PD)
* Expressive Arts (EA)
* Understanding the World (UTW)
All 7 areas of development are inter-connected.
Each area of development is implemented through planned, purposeful play and a mix of adult–led and child-initiated activity. Individual needs, interests and stage of development are considered when planning activities and ideas are grouped and blocked over short time periods, with new concepts and skills introduced to the class and developed with groups. Child initiated sessions allow children to further orchestrate their own learning and to practise or extend their skills and understanding in all areas of learning.
On-going judgments are made as to the balance of adult-led, guided and child led activities according to the emerging needs and interests of each child.
The topics we will be covering in Reception this academic year are:
Autumn 1 – Ourselves.
Autumn 2 – Celebrations.
Spring 1 – People Who Help Us
Spring 2 – Dinosaurs
Summer 1 – Growing
Summer 2 – Pirates
At St Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary School, we take part in a discrete daily phonic lesson, where the children learn to identify individual letters and groups of letters and the sounds they represent to help them to develop their ability to read and write independently.
We use the class Dojo system where the children are rewarded for working hard, behaving well and showing good manners. This system can be accessed live by parents, giving families real time updates on daily progress. The system also acts as a first port of contact between home and teacher where messages can be sent and received, for great two-way communication.