Early Years / Reception

We aim to develop and broaden the range of children's learning experiences, to leave them confident, eager and enthusiastic learners who are looking forward to school. We hope to play our part by treating your child as an individual and offering him/her a variety of experiences and activities which are designed to further their development process. 

Much of the children's learning will be through play where children are offered a range of activities each with an underlying educational purpose. Play is the means by which the children explore a variety of experiences in different situations for a variety of purposes. It is a process which provides for children a way of learning about the world around them.

Staff plan activities and experiences that promote children's development and learning based on the seven areas of learning. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests.

Prime Areas Specific Areas

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

  • Making relationships
  • Self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Managing feelings and behaviour

 Physical Development

  • Moving and handling
  • Health and self-care

Communication and Language

  • Listening and attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking 
  
 

Literacy

  • Reading
  • Writing

Mathematics

  • Numbers
  • Shape, space and measure

Understanding the World

  • People and communities
  • The world
  • Technology

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Exploring/using media & material
  • Being imaginative

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

How can I help with my child's learning?

All the fun activities that you do with your child at home are important in supporting their learning and development, and have a really long lasting effect on your child’s learning as they progress through school. Even when your child is very young and is not yet able to talk, talking to them helps them to learn and understand new words and ideas.

If you make the time every day to do some of the following things with your child it will make a real difference to your child’s confidence as a young learner.