The Early Years Foundation Stage is the stage in your child's learning from birth to 5 years old. This is the time in school that we call Early Years. Children will have a range of experiences and opportunities to gain everyday skills and develop in a variety of areas of learning. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.
Our single year group Reception is taught on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday by Mrs Hannah Hodgkinson and Mrs Mary Holden on Thursday and Friday. Throughout the week the is supported by teaching assistant Mrs Catherine Cox.
Mrs Hodgkinson and Mrs Holden work together closely to ensure that the children have a smooth transition into school and settle well into our nurturing and exciting learning environment. Our Reception environment is made up of two outdoor areas and a beautiful, light and airy room. One of these outdoor areas is attached and is always accessible for the children to work in throughout the school day.
In our class we enjoy a variety of adult led and self-chosen indoor and outdoor activities. Inside and outside are organised into areas of continuous provision to enable the children to access and make good progress within the play-based Foundation Stage Curriculum. Our continuous provision areas are enhanced to ensure that children remain motivated, happy and excited to learn.
Taught sessions include phonics, literacy, maths, individual reading, R.E and a topic focused activity that changes on a daily basis.
We follow our own Cockerham EYFS curriculum which outlines the knowledge and skills the children will develop over their time in our EYFS class. This has been developed using Development Matters 2021. It covers the statutory programmes of study from the statutory framework for early years (2021) and allows us to plan purposeful and developmentally appropriate activities to enhance and support the children's learning.
A lot of our work from the provision in the classroom is recorded using Tapestry Learning Journal. If you would like to see your child's learning journey, and comment on any of the records, please log in through Tapestry for up-to-date images and records.
Learning activities are planned to ‘wow’ and enthral the children in order to move their learning forward and meet individual learning needs. The children’s interests and ideas are at the centre of our teaching and therefore our long term and medium term plans are adaptable. We plan for spiritual, moral and cultural development and incorporate Modern Foreign Languages into our daily routines. We provide the children with first hand experiences where possible, including educational visits and visitors coming into school. We want our children to become happy, confident, ambitious, independent learners who feel valued as individuals. Our teaching is underpinned by our school vision ‘Where a love of learning grows, growing in knowledge, growing in faith, growing in God's love.’ We love to learn outside as much as possible and utilise our beautiful surroundings.
We have P.E. on a Thursday morning where Enjoy-a-ball comes to school and helps us to develop our skills, and on a Friday afternoon where we cover a range of skills linked to dance, yoga and gymnastics. We are currently going swimming every Friday afternoon. The children receive weekly homework of reading and phonics practise. This is given on a Wednesday to be returned the following Wednesday.
What to expect when
Phonics: How to pronounce pure sounds
We value our links with parents and the wider school community and plan regular events throughout the year to share learning and celebrate achievements together. Thank you to those of you who were able to join us at our Autumn and Spring Coffee afternoons. The children love having all of you together in school.
We have been very busy since the start of school, as you can see below:
Spring term coffee afternoon
A huge thank you to everyone that attended our Spring term coffee afternoon. The children loved sharing their learning with you and showing you around our environment.