In Reception we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum. There are seven areas of learning and development covered in Reception. Three areas are particularly important for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn and to thrive. These three areas, known here as the prime areas, are:
- personal, social and emotional development;
- physical development; and
- communication and language
There are also four specific areas of learning and development, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
- understanding the world; and
- expressive arts and design.
In planning and guiding children’s activities, practitioners are guided by the different ways that children learn. Three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:
- playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’;
- active learning – children keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements; and
- creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.
From the first full time days in Reception, children begin work learning to recognise and say letter sounds. Synthetic phonics (sounding out each letter sound in a word) is of primary importance in our teaching of reading. In their bookbags, children will bring home the letter sounds they have been learning. They will also bring cards with ‘tricky words’ on, these are words which can’t be sounded out and just have to be memorized e.g. the, go, me. Children will have simple reading books in their bag which provide opportunities for them to practise the letter sounds they are learning. We recommend that children look at their letter/word cards and share their reading book with an adult at home for 10min every night.
We don’t test spellings in Reception, however, it is really useful for your child to learn to write the ‘tricky words’ so we encourage parents to practise these at home.
Counting is one of our main focuses in Reception and we encourage parents to practise counting at home particularly counting forwards and backwards to 20, recognising, ordering and writing numerals. We advise parents to use the mathematical language at home e.g. longer, shorter, curved, straight, behind, next to which helps children to learn the concepts of shape, space and measure.
We do not have weekly homework in Reception but instead we send a piece of ‘Topic’ homework to be completed over the holiday in preparation for our next half term topic. This type of homework could include visiting the park or beach and collecting objects, taking photos, drawing and writing about our experiences.
We really value parents input, we often send home ‘WOW’ sheets for you to record something your child has done at home that you would like to share with us e.g. riding a bike without stabilizers. We also encourage parents to write in their child’s ‘Learning Journey’ book as this gives us a fuller picture of the children.
Reception Class RF
Mrs Foster – Class Teacher
Miss Ware – Teaching Assistant