In Reception, we teach a broad and balanced curriculum following the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.
This includes the following seven areas:
We deliver this curriculum through a combination of teaching input, small group activities and independent learning. We believe that every moment counts in our children’s learning.
We foster the children’s learning in an engaging, child-friendly and stimulating environment using high quality resources. All children have access to the outdoor area where there is varied, fun and challenging provision to continue and extend their learning. This is further broadened through weekly Forest School sessions, cookery, show and tell sessions, 5-a-day fitness programme and daily Christian meditation.
We monitor children’s progress systematically throughout the term. The assessments made inform planning and ensure each child is challenged appropriately. They also help us identify any pupils who may need extra support or challenge in a particular area.
Our pupil’s independence is encouraged and supported during lunchtimes when they are developing the skills to use cutlery, choose their lunch and tidy away. Our children learn to change independently for our physical education sessions. We have a well-developed and supportive transition policy to prepare our children for Year 1 including “Step Up” days and integrated play times.
We foster close relationships with the parents and carers of our children on a daily basis and provide the opportunity for parents to volunteer in their child’s class. Parents provide a rich resource for us. In the past, we have received visits from parents who can share their experience and knowledge that link to our topic. During our “People Who Help Us” topic, a parent doctor came in to show the children some real life examples of equipment used in the profession and talked to the children about their job. Each class has parents/carers that volunteer as class reps who provide an invaluable communication link and who organise events to raise money for their children’s class.
Local Links and visits
We have developed strong links with the local community and church. The children attend St Michael’s Church for Christmas, Easter and end of year services with the whole school. This year, we have visited the church as a class for creative activities and Bible stories. We also enjoy the opportunities provided to us in the local area, for example, trips to Jackson’s Lane theatre, Highgate Woods and Waterlow Park.