Teaching & Learning in Reception
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Teaching & Learning in Reception

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework that sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children are ready for school and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. DFES.’

Reception Class forms part of the EYFS. The EYFS begins in the term after your child’s 3rd birthday when they may start in a pre- school or nursery setting. The EYFS does not end until the end of the first term in Year One.

As a result, the work that we cover in reception class builds a bridge between early learning experiences and the start of the more formal learning of statutory schooling. In essence, through a carefully devised curriculum based on the interests of the child we lay the ‘foundations’ for learning in readiness for the national curriculum. We work towards a set of ‘Early Learning Goals’ but it is important to remember that the work covered in reception class continues into year one.

To this end, your child will enjoy a range of learning experiences that balance aspects of formal learning experiences with play based learning. 

On a daily/weekly basis your child will be taught;

Religious Education – As we are a Catholic school this is the core subject at Ss Peter and Paul’s. Priority is given to RE. Your child will receive 10% curriculum time following the new Diocesan Programme – ‘Come and See’. This will take place daily through prayer and circle time activities and two discrete lessons per week. You will receive the termly letters detailing the contents of the topics.

Communication and Language – Speaking and listening opportunities, that are an integral part of daily life. These opportunities will be provided through whole class/small group and individual activities and games that focus on speaking and listening to/in a familiar group, providing relevant detail and asking and answering questions and promoting self confidence in expressing themselves.

Physical Development – Developing coordination and control, the importance of physical activity, healthy lifestyles and the importance of healthy food choices. This area is covered through daily activities, the use of our outdoor environment and additional discrete PE lessons. This is also covered through topic work. Role play areas such as cafes/restaurants also promote this development.

Personal, social and emotional – Developing a sense of self, respect for others, social skills and how to manage their own behaviour in a range of situations. Much of the work in this area is supported through Religious Education. This area is an integral part of life in the classroom and permeates the everyday experiences of living and working together in community.

Literacy – Children engage in daily phonics activities each morning using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. 20 minutes per day is devoted to the discrete teaching of phonics in small adult led groups which incorporate both reading and writing activities to support development in each of these areas. 

Writing opportunities are an integral part of each day. The children are provided with opportunities to write within their play experiences along with daily teaching of handwriting and letter formation and the targets for writing that involve the teaching of linking letters to sounds along with the writing of sentences using capital letters and full stops.

Reading opportunities are provided by weekly individual reading and whole class shared reading activities including big books and flash cards, along with shared reading and small group games and activities.

Mathematics – Developing and improving skills in counting and number recognition, understanding numbers and calculation and describing shapes. These daily activities are provided through practical experiences. A solid foundation of working with numbers to 20 provides the basis for all future learning. 

Understanding the World – Children are provided with a range of daily opportunities that help them to make sense of their world. They are encouraged to explore, question and investigate. Much of our topic work covers this area and follows the interest of the child. 

Expressive arts and design – Children are encouraged to explore a variety of media through which they can express themselves. Much of the role play experiences cover this area along with working with clay, paint, natural objects and junk modelling. Music and singing activities and dance engaged with through play and direct teaching, supports learning. 

Overall our intention is to develop within your child a love of learning and a unique sense of self. We teach that your child is made in the image and likeness of Christ and as a direct result of that comes the responsibility to grow as members of a society that is founded on Gospel values. We know that each child will develop at their own pace, and so their individual achievements should not be judged by that of others. 

We hope that your child does come home each day and say that they have been playing. They will have spent about 50% of their time engaged in child initiated activity which is carefully monitored by staff and learning opportunities developed through observation of their play. 

We aim to work in partnership with you as parents and appreciate and value your input and support.