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Early Years Curriculum

Our reception class is an exciting place to be.

We work hard to ensure that children are appropriately challenged and develop independence and are able to use their thinking skills.

In our reception class we follow the four guiding principles that shape practice in early years' settings.

Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable and self assured.

Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

Children learn and develop well in enabling environments  where their individual needs are met and  there is a strong partnerships between practitioners and parents/carers.

Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

From September 2012 there are seven areas of learning and development which are inter-connected and crucial for igniting  children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning.

There are three prime areas:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

There are four specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

We use the Letters and Sounds programme which enables us to have a structured approach to the teaching of phonics.

Each area of learning is met through a balance of activities led or guided by adults and activities initiated by the children. Planned purposeful play underpins this balance of activities.

Evidence will be collected throughout the year which will enable the teaching staff to assess the children against 17 learning goals.  This is recorded in children's learning diaries which are shared regularly with parents and are available for children to look at.

When children start school, parents are invited to attend workshops where they learn about the curriculum.  A phonics workshop is held in the first few weeks where parents are able to learn about how we teach reading and spelling. Workshops on other areas follow throughout the year.

Below you will find further information about the Early Years curriculum in Cherry Tree Class.

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