Early Years Provision
The Reception classes are all located in the same part of the school and have a shared enclosed outdoor area with a sandpit, space for wheeled toys and imaginative landscaping. The Early Years environment has been designed to offer maximum opportunity for child-led enquiry, while also providing superb facilities for individual, small group and large group teaching. A fully qualified teacher and at least one member of support staff will lead each class.
What will my child learn?
Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
In September 2014 a revised Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) was introduced. There are two main aspects: Prime Areas of Learning (the most important building blocks of learning) and Specific Areas of Learning (focused on specific subject areas).
Prime Areas of learning (important building blocks of learning)
- Communication and language development: involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
- Physical development: involves providing opportunities for children to be active and interactive, to develop their coordination, control and movement. Children are taught to value and understand the importance of physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle, including food choices.
- Personal, social and emotional development: involves helping children develop a positive sense of themselves and others, to form positive relationships with adults and children, respect for each other, develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings, to understand appropriate behaviours in groups.
Specific Areas of Learning (focused on specific subject areas)
- Literacy: from linking sounds and letters to beginning to read and write. Phonics is a systematic way of teaching children to decode words and begin to read.
- Mathematics: developing skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating using simple addition and subtraction problems, describing shapes, spaces and measurements.
- Understanding the world (Humanities and Sciences): guiding children to make sense of their world; explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
- Expressive arts and design: opportunities for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through art, music, dance, role play, movement and design and technology.
At Seven Kings Primary School, systematic synthetic phonics will be our primary approach to the teaching of reading and writing. We will follow the Oxford Reading Tree Sounds and Letters Programme which is closely linked to the Government’s Letters and Sounds scheme. This will be enhanced with a broad range of engaging and interactive teaching styles and strategies that we use in all other areas of the curriculum. Each child will have a daily discrete twenty minute phonics session but more importantly phonics will be embedded in our wider curriculum in both guided and independent learning opportunities.
We believe children excel in reading when a range of strategies are taught alongside synthetic phonics and, that reading for enjoyment is key to children becoming life-long readers.
We believe practice is the key to success and therefore each child will be expected to read daily with an adult and we will have a vast, broad and modern range of reading books for children to take home and read with family and friends.
Fostering a love of reading will be a whole school approach and quality reading experiences will be embedded right across the school and the curriculum. We will have a well stocked library and classroom book boxes to allow children constant access to modern high quality fiction and non-fiction texts. Children will also be encouraged to take library books home to share with family and friends as often as possible.
We believe home and school partnership is fundamental to children’s success in reading. Each child will have a reading diary where their reading journey is recorded and shared with both home and school. These help to make sure all of the adults supporting our early readers know how well they are doing and what their next steps to success are.
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