Reception

Introduction

We understand that every child is unique and they develop and learn in different ways. We develop positive relationships with each pupil and our staff work with each child individually, and in groups, to bring out the very best in every pupil. 

The overall quality and standards of the early years provision are outstanding. Children make excellent progress relative to their starting points… Children make substantial progress towards the Early Learning Goals in all the areas of learning, usually reaching and often exceeding them by the end of Reception.

ISI Inspection, January 2014

About the Curriculum

The Reception curriculum is based around the seven areas of learning of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS): Communication and Language; Physical Development; Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World; Expressive Arts and Design.

In each area there are Early Learning Goals that define the expectations for most children to reach by the end of the Foundation Stage.

Learning Approach

Full-time education begins for most children in the Reception year with their fully qualified class teacher and classroom assistant. The curriculum in Reception builds on the knowledge and skills the children have learned in Nursery and follows the seven areas of learning in the EYFS.

Children are encouraged to participate in both adult-led and child-initiated activities. Children learn through a wide and varied range of play activities. We firmly believe that learning should be absorbing, challenging and plenty of fun! This approach provides a basic grounding in numeracy and literacy, thereby enabling children to progress into the next stage of their education with a sense of achievement and confidence.

Enrichment

Our very youngest children are taught by subject specialists in music and physical education (including swimming for Reception children). We have a designated Forest School area on our campus where our Reception children take part in activities on a regular basis. The development of their ability to execute creative artwork plays an important part in the curriculum and the colourful displays in the classroom and around the school help to make a bright and stimulating learning environment.

Read More

There is more information available in the EYFS curriculum booklet