You can teach a student a lesson for a day;
but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity,
he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.
Clay P. Bedford
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, we believe that every child is unique and we provide opportunities that enable every child to explore and learn independently. Every child should feel happy, secure, valued and confident. We encourage critical thinking, taking initiatives as well as learning at their own pace in their own individual ways. There is a clear focus on the individual, where we take into account their own opinions, observations, and likes and dislikes. All their specific needs are met in our balanced, differentiated, cross-curricular planning based on observations and their interests. We promote and value the importance of child initiated play in addition to adult-led activities. As an integral part of their education, children make full use of our outdoor play areas and other facilities to support their social, physical, emotional and academic learning. It is also paramount for us to work closely with the parents and to allow them to be as much as involved as possible in order to support the learning of their children.
In Reception, we put emphasis on their phonological awareness in preparation for reading and writing. Following the Read, Write Inc. scheme, children use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. We make sure they demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read. Children learn to count reliably, sequence, recognise and write numbers. They practise using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing. Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them. We plan opportunities and find ways to involve activities which encourage children to handle equipment and tools effectively, practise good control and co-ordination in large and small movements, and move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. The children are also provided numerous opportunities to learn about their environment and surroundings. These include events such as a visit from the policemen and fire-fighters, a visit to the local post office or the local grocery shop, nature walks and other outings based on children’s interests. Reception children continue developing the firm foundation in all academic, personal and social areas, and as our results prove, many children are meeting or exceeding the national standard.