Early Years Foundation Stage
Our Reception children learn following the Early Years Foundation Stage. This runs from birth until the end of reception year when children are assessed against the Early Learning Goals. There are seven areas of learning:
Personal, social and emotional development
Communication and language
Knowledge of the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Children are given a wide range of learning opportunities. The most effective way young children learn is through play, this can be child-initiated or adult-initiated. We have a range of areas in our classroom for this purpose.
These areas of learning are changed regularly based on topics, learning intentions or children's interests. During 'Choosing' time, children are given free access to the areas. Adults observe, extend and question children as appropriate
In Eary Years, it is also important for children to have access to the outside environment. We are lucky to have our own small outdoor area. Children are taught and supported in keeping safe outside. There are a range of engaging resources.
Children also learn by taking part in adult-guided activities. This may be a carpet lesson or a group session. Children are guided to learn through a variety of ways in such sessions - speaking, listening, writing, reading, exploring, engaging, creating.