In Reception we support children to learn and develop by teaching, encouraging and promoting all aspects of development across the seven areas of learning, which are: Communication, Language and Literacy, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Mathematical Development, Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding of the World. We follow The Early Years Foundation Stage which states that the characteristics of effective learning are: playing and exploring, active learning, and creativity and critical thinking.
Playing and exploring
When learning through play children are given opportunities to explore and develop learning experiences, which help them make sense of the world. They learn how to control themselves and understand the need for rules.
Phonics, mathematics, reading and literacy lessons are adult-led and opportunities followed up in a rich provision through activities, and by providing resources for children to consolidate and extend their learning through play. We provide children with challenges to move their learning on and encourage them to use the new skills and knowledge they have been taught.
Creativity and Critical Thinking
When children have opportunities to play with ideas in different situations with a variety of resources, they discover connections and come to new and better understandings and ways of doing things. Children are given time to test out their ideas and discuss their discoveries with others, sharing their understanding and knowledge. Children are observed carefully by adults to track learning and progress, then identify next steps for all children. We plan a broad and balanced curriculum in an enriching and diverse learning environment including, outdoor provision. We visit our woodland area regularly throughout the year which allows children to learn about the world through first-hand experiences beyond a classroom environment.
This year, every child will:
- experience building and cooking on a campfire
- take part in a performance
- bake buns
- try a range of different foods
- plant and grow a plant