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Early Years Foundation Stage in Reception at St. Augustine's

Our Vision is -To be the best we can be

EYFS Intent, Implementation, Impact - click here

Curriculum map Click here

In Reception we aim to make every child’s first experience of school happy, enjoyable and rewarding. We achieve this by valuing all the different personalities, talents, experiences and interests that each one of us brings. Our priority is to ensure that all children feel safe and supported, and we place a huge emphasis on nurturing them, and helping them to make sense of this huge experience that is starting ‘big’ school! Reception is all about learning how to be at school, and we strive to give children a solid foundation to build on their learning as they move through the school.

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We work hard to build positive relationships with every child, in order to learn how best to support them and care for them, as well as fostering their independence and self-confidence. We understand that the transition from nursery to school is different for every child, and we recognise that children need time to settle and feel comfortable in a new environment. To support this, we introduce a program called ‘Bears as an Emotional Support in the Classroom.’ We provide a teddy bear for each child to keep at school, who also has a ‘St Augustine’s’ school jumper just like them! The bears are slowly introduced into the classroom, and we work together as a class to decide some class rules, so that our classroom is safe for the teddies. Once we have established our bear rules, the children choose a bear that feels special to them, choose a name and begin to use them as a voice for how they themselves are feeling.  

Our focus is also on building good relationships with you as parents, fostering trust, and working together to benefit your children. We feel that school should be a ‘home away from home’, and we are lucky that children in Early Years benefit from their own playground as well as classrooms in our own area away from the older children. This helps the children to feel safe and find their feet.

We cover the seven areas of learning​:

Prime area

1.  Personal, Social and Emotional Development

2.  Communication and Language

3.  Physical Development 

These are crucial for developing children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning

Specific Areas

4. Literacy

5. Mathematics

6. Understanding the world

7.  Expressive arts and design

 

As a Catholic School our eighth area of Learning is Religious Education, called ‘Come and See’, linked to the ‘Come and See’ program.

Every day the children are provided with opportunities to be curious, enthusiastic and knowledgeable learners for life. We provide learning challenges in both the indoor and outdoor classrooms and the children develop perseverance, resilience and independence through these activities.

Reading and Writing is an integral part of our EYFS Curriculum. We use the Little Wandle Phonics scheme as a resource to provide the children with an excellent starting point for Reading and Writing. Phonics activities happen daily. These give the children a firm foundation and an opportunity to challenge themselves. The children are given daily opportunities to write for various purposes, such as writing a note to the class puppet, and writing during role-play, eg. writing   a menu for the café.

Mathematics is taught in a multi-sensory and practical approach. The children have ample opportunities to explore Number, Shape, Space and Measures using various equipment and objects. They are taught different strategies to solve problems and develop their mathematical reasoning skills. We aim to support each child to develop a solid grasp of numbers up to 10, which will give them a solid foundation for their future mathematical learning. We use the White Rose Maths Hub Resources when planning the curriculum. This year the school are also taking part in the NCETM Mastering Number project which is supported by the BBC programme, Numberblocks.

Physical Development - the children have a weekly PE session with a professional sports coach. These sessions develop a range of skills that include; gymnastics, ball skills and team games, as well as dance and music and movement activities. The children have daily opportunities to develop their fine and gross motor skills through a multitude of activities. We promote healthy eating and healthy self –care and regularly talk about this especially during snack time. Children are encouraged and supported to challenge themselves by trying new foods through school meals at lunchtime.

PSHE - our PSHE program, Jigsaw, helps children to learn about their place in the world and both their school and wider community. We talk about different communities, places to live, cultural events and their own environment. We encourage children to talk about their own history and experiences; all of which are celebrated. We teach that we are all special and unique, and we actively celebrate the difference and diversity that comes from having a wealth of different backgrounds and cultures within our school community.

Expressive Arts & Design - we love to be creative and encourage imaginative play. The children use materials, props, instruments and masks to express themselves and enhance their learning through play. We regularly change our role play and encourage the children to come with ideas to enhance it. Adults actively seek to enhance role-play opportunities for children by joining in with their play- especially through popular themes such as the fire station and police station as part of our ‘People Who Help Us’ topic! Our focus is very much on invitations to play, and we then use this to model play skills and develop sustained, shared thinking skills.

We hope that your child will have a happy, positive, exciting and above all fun first year at big school!

To read about what your child will be learning this academic year please see the curriculum map click here

 

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