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In Reception, we follow the Early Years Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, published in March 2014 by the DfES. This Framework specifies the requirement for learning and development in the Early Years and provides specific areas of learning we must cover in our curriculum.

These areas are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Free flow play is an important part of our daily routine. Children can access both Reception classes freely, through our creative area and our outdoor areas. Children learn within a safe and secure,language rich learning environment that equips them for the educational journey ahead. We ensure children are given a range of highly-engaging and enjoyable play-based learning experiences which enable them to become confident and independent learners. 

We endeavour to offer a curriculum that is based on real life experiences, involves the child and most importantly is planned through careful assessment of their needs and interests.  The Foundation Stage Framework and Development Matters are the basis of our Early Years Curriculum and learning is planned through exciting topics, books and enrichments.

The characteristics of effective learning are at the heart of our planning, ensuring children have a range of opportunities to investigate, develop their own ideas and to develop strategies for doing things.

  • Playing and Exploring – do they investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’? 
  •  Learning Actively – do they concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements?
Creating and Thinking Critically – do they have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things