Reading is a Specific Area in the Early Learning Goals. Reading is taught daily through Letters and Sounds, individual reading sessions and small group activities. Reading has a high priority throughout the Reception Unit with books to support all areas of learning. Children take a selection of books home to share and practice their reading skills. We encourage regular support from home.
Guided Reading in Reception takes the form of small group activities in which we share books, texts and resources and focus on specific reading skills.
Physical development is a Prime Area in the Early Learning Goals. The children always have access to areas and resources to develop their fine and gross motor skills everyday.
The Reception classes currently have a hall slot for a focused PE time on Wednesdays.
Understanding the world
Involves guiding children to make sense of their
Expressive arts and design
The Reception Team
Letters and Sounds
In Reception we follow the Letters and Sounds programme to teach reading and writing. Each daily session follows a set format in which children practice their previous phonic knowledge, learn new phonemes, digraphs, trigraphs and high frequency words. They play games to develop reading and writing skills.
Spring trips & events
Blue Planet Aquarium
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Our Learning Environment
Providing high quality planned experiences for children’s play is an important way for adults to support children’s learning that is both enjoyable and challenging. When children play, they are learning at the highest level. Play can extend certain areas of their learning – for example, developing language skills by promoting talk between children or introducing new vocabulary that they use and act out in their play.
Learning outside the classroom supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement, and promoting a sense of well-being.
Learning in our outdoor area gives our children contact with the natural world and offers them experiences that are unique to outdoors, such as direct contact with the weather and the seasons.
Outdoor play also supports children’s problem-solving skills and nurtures their creativity, as well as providing rich opportunities for their developing imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness.
By using our outside classroom, we regularly sees the enjoyment, and sense of wonder and excitement that is generated when children actively engage with their environment.
In Reception we follow the Letters and Sounds programme which teaches key words alongside phonics. We also focus on Reception high frequency words.
Seesaw Our Learning Journey
In Early Years practitioners are required to observe children within their play and evidence their learning. Seesaw enables us record in photograph and video the play based learning for each individual child. We share this learning with home and actively encourage home 'wow' moments to be shared with us.
EYFS-Prime Areas of Learning
Communication and language
Personal, Social and Emotional development