Our Reception class is where most of our children begin their school life with us at Foxes Piece. Our priority is always that the children settle in happily and feel safe with us. The Reception year is where our children can develop their love of learning and acquire skills they will need in future years.
Our curriculum is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage which has been updated in September 2021. Our prime areas, which are a particular focus initially, are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language.
The areas of Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design complete our wider curriculum.
Our environment is an integral part of our children’s learning. The children work daily in both our outdoor and indoor areas. Exciting and stimulating resources enrich the children’s learning possibilities. The children are supported to become confident and independent learners. The characteristics of effective learning are attached below and show how important it is for children to have their own ideas, make plans and test things out.
We consider parental involvement to be hugely important and we strive to build relationships with all our parents. Parents are invited to ‘stay and play’ sessions throughout the year and parents often receive information about our curriculum.
Assessment through the year allows us to plan effectively for future learning. We begin with the national baseline assessment and then through our own observations and by playing alongside the children and talking to them, we can target next steps in their learning. At the end of the year, children are assessed against national early learning goals. Parents are kept informed as to their children’s progress throughout the year.