In Reception, our journey with the children begins before they arrive. Through meetings and activities, we get to know the children well. We make the use of technology to keep in touch with families over the summer to find out information about the children and to share stories and photos with the children to support a more confident transition into school. This helps to inform planning and to make any preparations required to meet individual needs. Our clear routines create a clam and reassuring environment for the children.
Our curriculum begins with giving the children a sense of belonging and responsibility to each other and their environment. Further topics are selected based on widely popular interests of children which promote all areas of the EYFS curriculum yet allowing for children’s interests to be introduced as learning stimuli. Children have a balance of adult led and child initiated learning opportunities and the adults are skilled at questioning and discussing learning with children to extend their vocabulary, deepen their thinking and support them to develop and test ideas and make connections between different aspects of their world. Our key group system means that children are able to spend time with their key person daily so that different learning opportunities are taught or assessed within small groups or in quiet areas. This helps the children to feel safe and secure in the setting and to develop positive relationships with adults and peers. Children's phonics awareness is assessed on entry into reception and daily synthetic phonics teaching starts quickly after the children have settled with regular assessment and grouping to ensure progression and support. Children take home a ‘sharing’ library book weekly as well as a book matched to their phonics knowledge for home reading. Parents are informed on ways to read with their children and the importance of re-reading to build fluency and comprehension.
All areas of learning are reflected throughout the indoor and outdoor environment and the planning for children's learning is sequential to help them develop, practise, apply and extend their skills building their deeper understanding constantly.