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Early Years – Reception

Early Year Foundation Stage

The sets out the standards for development, learning and care of children from birth to five. It is important that all children are given the opportunity to experience the best possible start to their education. We need to ensure that our pupils enter school having established solid foundations on which they can build.  Pupils will start in our Reception Classes having had a range of different experiences.  Within the Reception Year, learning experiences of the highest quality are planned, considering children’s needs and achievements and the range of learning experiences that will help them make progress.  Well-planned play, along with following children’s interests, is a key way in which children learn with enjoyment and challenge, both within the indoor and outdoor learning environments.  The Foundation Stage prepares our pupils for learning in Key Stage 1 and is consistent with the National Curriculum. In the Reception Year, the curriculum is planned and resourced to take children’s learning forward and to provide opportunities for all children to succeed in an environment of care and of feeling valued. The curriculum is designed to ignite children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and to build their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. It is planned in seven areas of learning and development; all areas are important and inter-connected.

There are three prime areas which are:

  • Communication and Language Development understanding the importance of Communication. Learning how to express yourself and have a back and forth conversation. This is all achieved through a language rich environment.
  •  Physical Development learning and practicing large and small scale movements. Moving with accuracy and care.
  •  Personal, Social and Emotional Development  learning to understand feelings and take turns. Managing their own needs and follow rules to keep everyone safe and ready to learn. Making friends.
  • There are four specific areas through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. These specific areas are:
  • Literacy Development reading, writing and comprehension. Learning phonic sounds for letters as ell as the ability to blend sounds to read words and sentences. Developing an understanding of what they have read and using this knowledge to write their own ideas.
  • Mathematics Gaining a deep understanding of the numbers to 10 (including how numbers can be used to describe shapes and measures. Exploring and representing patterns in numbers.
  •  Understanding the World understanding past experiences in their lives and people they know. exploring the natural world around them and understanding similarities and differences between different cultures and religions.
  •  Expressive Arts and Design create using different tools and materials, explaining how they made their creation. Representing stories in their play. Sing a variety of songs and move to music.
  •  Throughout the year, pupils are assessed against the Early Learning Goals. A final assessment is reported to parents at the end of the year. You can find out more about the expectations and how to support your child:

Tapestry Learning Journal

All Reception children have a personal on-line Learning Journey which records photos, observations and comments, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage, to build up a record of their experiences during their first year at our school.

We use Tapestry, a system, which is hosted in the UK on secure servers.  These servers conform to very high environmental standards and are proactively managed 24 hours a day.  Each Tapestry account has its own database and the code itself is developed using hack-resistant techniques.  Filenames are encoded for uploaded, videos and images, making Tapestry a safe and secure on-line Learning Journey tool.  The benefits of this being on-line, is that parents and carers can also have secure access (via a website which you login to using your email address and a password) to their child’s Learning Journey. In addition to viewing our contributions, we encourage parents and carers to add to it by uploading photos and comments, or commenting on observations made by us.

We have our own secure Tapestry website and we set up user accounts for parents and carers.  There is information on how to view/use the Learning Journey.  Please note each parent only has access to their own child’s Learning Journey.