Children in Reception Class (Year R) have an exciting, free-flow day. They help their teacher to choose an overall topic to focus on for a week or two – recent examples being Dinosaurs, animals, superheroes and people who help us. The children also focus on celebrations and have activities themed for days such as Pancake Day, World Book Day, Valentines Day and more.
The curriculum is organised into the seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive arts and design
Activities are planned so that, whatever their ability, pupils make progress in each of these areas across each week’s learning. As pupils gain skills, knowledge and understanding, so the activities are changed to provide increasing challenge or access to new areas of learning.
Every day, each child spends time with an adult in the class, either alone or as part of a small group. They are taught specific skills (such as counting, learning to recognise letters and sounds, practising physical skills in PE or learning to write). They are also encouraged to complete some activities which their teachers have planned and modelled for them. Finally, they choose from the wide range of resources and learn through play either alone or in groups. The resources which are set out give the children a chance to develop Fine motor skills, Role play and Small World Play, Construction, Maths, Reading, Writing, Art and Design and Physical development. The children can choose and move between these activities as they wish.
The teacher-led and teacher-modelled activities take place in both the inside and outside classroom areas. The children are always given the choice between two areas to flow between from outside, inside in the large room or inside in the small room. The children can move between these as they choose and there is always an adult supervising each area. Each day, the class come together for a mid-morning fruit snack, for lunch, phonics and some whole-class learning. These whole class sessions include activities such as story time, music time, learning a particular Maths skill or a specific English skill.
We have so much fun in Reception and love getting to know the children as individuals. We encourage them to question, explore and try new things as well as sharing their knowledge and passion for their favourite topics and themes.