In Reception we have high expectations and challenge each child to achieve the best they can. We offer a balance of adult-led and child initiated learning to ensure children make the best progress possible.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage children learn best when they experience learning first hand, through meaningful interactions with others, through physical activity and through play. Our Early Years practise is based on on-going observation and assessment of the children within the curriculum. The observations and assessments we make can be seen through our online journal Tapestry.
The Early Years curriculum emphasises:
Prime areas of learning:
Specific areas of learning:
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning activities. Children in the EYFS learn by exploring, being active and creative, both indoors and outdoors. Over the year, we will gather evidence through observations and children’s independent work, which will form a profile of your child’s learning journey. You are welcome to come in at any point throughout the year to look at your child’s profile and we welcome contributions from home to assist us in tracking your child’s development. The education of your child is something we aim to do in partnership with you and as such parents are always welcome to discuss their child with staff.
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Our Early Years principles are based on the EYFS statutory guidance, four overarching principles of good practice:
EYFS outdoor and indoor learning environment
The children enjoy exploring and learning in our newly developed indoor and outdoor areas
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Our Class Saint
The Holy Family
In the Early Years Foundation Stage the children are learning about family and how we are part of many important families. The feast day for The Holy Family is celebrated on 30th December 2019.
Our First Week In Reception!
This week, we have been getting to know each other and exploring our environment. We love our new classroom and the learning environment outside. Mrs O’Neill, Miss Dickinson and Miss Cade said learning is fun and we agree.
The Lost Sheep
This week we learnt about a parable. What is a parable? It's a story Jesus told to teach a lesson. The story should be easy to remember and will have a special meaning for us to learn from. The parable we shared this week was The Lost Sheep.
Below is the scripture we shared,
Then Jesus told them this parable: "Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbours together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Mathematics is broken down into two aspects:
Young children need fun ways to develop their fine motor skills, strengthening their fingers and encouraging them to make marks, before learning to form the basic letter shapes. Don’t forget that children also learn by watching you modelling the writing process. Opportunities for experimental and freely produced early writing demonstrate the changes, from random marks and symbols to groups of letters or even words, as the children’s understanding of letter formation and phonics develops.
During our collective worship session today we shared the Gospel from Sunday 29th September.
Jesus told a story about a rich man who had fine clothes and good food and a poor man who had no food. Both men died and the poor man, who was called Lazarus went to heaven and was with Abraham.
As a class, we discussed the importance of sharing what we have and thinking of others who have less then we do. Our mission for our collective worship session today is to play our part so everyone has a fair share of food to eat.