Reception – The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Children join this class in the September following their 4th birthday. The age range for the reception class is for ages 4 and 5 years.
In the EYFS, children learn and acquire knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first.
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Each area of learning has several Early Learning Goals which we hope the children will achieve by the end of Reception. Each week we will plan activities which will help the children make progress towards achieving the Early Learning Goals. We ensure that the activities are suited to the needs and interests of all our learners. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. Sometimes the children will be working with an adult, but often they may be with a friend or by themselves.
COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE AND LITERACY
Through a wide range of stories, rhymes and songs the children will enrich their vocabulary, and develop their listening skills. This term we are concentrating on early writing skills such as holding a pencil correctly and developing the children’s fine motor skills. Fine motor skills are the small movements children make with their hands such as using the pincer grasp (thumb and forefinger) to pick up small objects, cutting, colouring, writing, or threading beads. Phonics is taught daily using a range of different materials, drawn from a number of different schemes, such as Read, Write, Inc. Please come and ask us if you’d like to find out more about how we teach phonics but information is sent out to you about how this is taught and how you can help your child at home with this.
The children will learn how to move safely and imaginatively and develop their control and co-ordination through movement and games. We will be exploring large and small equipment to travel and balance. Our outside area will provide further opportunities for physical activity.
PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Across the curriculum the children will have opportunities to work as part of a group or class, with a partner or alone. We will introduce the idea of Learning Buddies and practise the skills of speaking and listening carefully; taking into account the views and ideas of others. They will learn how to play co-operatively, share and take turns. We will have regular Circle Times when we talk about our feelings and share our thoughts and ideas.
The children will be learning about counting reliably up to 10, say number names in order and begin to recognise numerals up to 10. In practical activities and discussions, the children will begin to use the vocabulary involved in addition and subtraction and use language such as ‘more’ or ‘less’ to compare two numbers. The children will also enjoy sharing a range of stories to explore pattern and shape.
UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD
The children will take part in many practical activities to learn more about themselves and their bodies. A visit from the Life Education Bus in September will help us learn more about how to keep healthy. We will use our senses to explore similarities and differences.
Through observation and practical activities we will find out about our environment, where we live and the natural world.
The children will begin to find out about their own cultures and beliefs through comparing different celebrations including Harvest, Christmas, Diwali and Hannukah.
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
The children will begin to find out about and identify the uses of everyday technology and begin to develop skills to be able to log onto a computer and use the mouse
EXPRESSIVE ARTS AND DESIGN
The children will be exploring a range of different media, creating self portraits and learning how to mix primary colours. We will explore colour, texture and shape in the environment. The children will begin to explore how sounds can be changed, sing simple songs from memory, recognise repeated sounds and sound patterns and match movement to music.
HELPING AT HOME
The Reception class is very much about building a partnership between the school, the children and the parents. The following are some suggestions on how you can support your child’s learning at home:
- Ensure your child has a regular bedtime routine and a good night’s sleep.
- Make sure they eat a good breakfast before coming to school.
- Arrive at school on time. Our door is open at 8.45am.
- Support home learning activities and return completed homework on time.
- Encourage your child’s imagination by reading and playing games with them.
- Read with your child every day. Five or ten minutes a day is much more beneficial than an hour once a week.
- Encourage your child to be independent where possible e.g. doing up their own coat and carrying their own things into class. It really helps them to organise themselves at the end of the day.
BOOK BAGS and READING BOOKS
Book bags are a vital link between home and school. Please ensure your child brings their book bag every day. We will use these to send home reading books and important letters. Please check your child’s book bag daily and empty them out. Please don’t put drinks bottles in book bags – they often leak and spoil books.
Please check your child has their PE kit in school at all times and that everything is labelled. Our PE days are Tuesday and Thursday.
Children should have a bottle of water in school every day. Again, please make sure this is named. Please don’t put juice in. We encourage all children to drink water.
TOYS and SHOW & TELL
We ask that children do not bring toys in from home as it is upsetting when special things get lost or broken. We do not have an allocated ‘Show and Tell’ time but we are always pleased when children bring things from home that are linked with our topics or souvenirs from special days and holidays. These things can be placed in the tray by Mrs Wood’s desk and we will look at them during the day if we can. We do encourage children to bring special books that they would like to share with the class.
WELLY WALK – EVERY MONDAY
The outdoor environment provides great opportunities to learn and we will try to go out every Monday afternoon whatever the weather. Please provide a named pair of wellington boots for your child that can be kept at school. Also make sure that your child has a warm waterproof coat on Mondays.
We are always very grateful for donations of any of the following:
- Ribbons from chocolates/ wrapping etc.
- Beads, buttons, embroidery thread
- Wool – especially hair colours
- Shiny paper and sparkly bits
- Old children’s magazines and birthday/greetings cards for cutting and sticking
- Odds and ends of wrapping paper
- Tubes, boxes, etc for junk modelling
We are very much looking forward to working with you and your children. Please feel free to come and talk to us if you have any questions or concerns about anything to do with your child’s learning. We will be happy to help. We are always available at the end of the day or you could make an appointment through the school office.