Foundation Stage Curriculum
What time does reception start?
Each morning starts at 8.45 am and lunch is at 12.00 pm. Your child can have a school or a packed lunch. The school day finishes at 3.15 pm
The children are taught by the class teacher and a teaching assistant along with the Year 1 children.
At the start of the school day parents come into the classroom and help their child hang up their coat etc. and see them settled with an activity. At the end of the day the children wait on the patio outside their classroom to be collected by their parent.
Children have the opportunity to attend our Reception class full time when they are rising five.

What will my child do in reception?
All four year olds follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Our aim is to provide quality learning experiences that are enjoyable and challenging for all the children via child initiated and adult led activities relevant to the child and related to the real world. The Foundation Stage Curriculum is divided into seven areas of learning and development which are all important and interconnected. Throughout their reception year, they will have the opportunity to do the following: 

Communication and Language
We encourage children to speak clearly and listen in a range of situations and to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves. There are many opportunities to join in with stories, poems, rhymes, songs, role-play and following instructions.

Physical Development
We provide opportunities to run, jump, throw, catch and balance. We use small and large equipment. Children are encouraged to travel around, under,
The children have two timetabled P E lessons in the hall every week. They also use our outdoor area daily. An all weather surface and a canopy allows thchildren to play outside whatever the weather, if they so wish. They have access to a climbing frame, sand pit, digging area, ride on toys, stompers, role-play, large construction toys and mark making activities. over and through balancing equipment. 
During the summer  term, from June onwards, they also have use of the swimming pool for two sessions.  We promote independence with personal hygiene and dressing skills.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
We encourage children to develop self-esteem, confidence and respect for others and to play and work co-operatively with peers.  We encourage children to make choices within their environment and express their preferences and to communicate their needs, views and feelings.

Literacy - Reading and Writing
The children are taught to use picture cues and word recognition by using phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately.  From the beginning they are encouraged 
to develop an interest in books and will be started on our reading scheme appropriately.  It is very important to discuss/ask questions about their r
eading book to aid their understanding of the text.  The children are taught to form recognisable letters, write their own name and use their phonic knowledge to write words and simple sentences.  They are encouraged to attempt writing for a range of purposes, lists, captions, labels etc.

Children are encouraged to acquire accurate mathematical language, for example, taller than, lighter than, in front of etc. They sort objects according to criteria such as size, colour, shape etc. There are opportunities to count objects, recognise numbers 1-10, write and order them. The children are also encouraged to calculate simple addition and subtraction problems. They learn sequencing skills and explore pattern and shape.

Understanding the World
Children are encouraged to use their senses and to describe and discuss what they see and find out. They are encouraged to ask questions about why things happen and how things work. 
They find out about past and present events in their own life. 
We use our school grounds, walks into the village, school trips, photographs and artefacts to find out about the world we live in.
The children are also taught simple computer skills and have the opportunity to use our computer room every week and use iPad's in class as-well as a computer.

Expressive Arts and Design
Children have many opportunities to express themselves through drawing, painting, collage and model making. They will work independently, with a partner or a group collaboratively. They will sing/learn new songs and rhymes, play percussion instruments and recognise and explore how sounds can be changed.
They will be encouraged to use their imagination in dressing up and role-play.


How will I know what is happening in class and how my child is progressing?
At the start of each term a letter is given to each parent describing the work planned within the curriculum.
There is a class assembly every term to which all parents are invited.
During the autumn and spring terms a parent consultation evening will be arranged when you will be able to discuss your child’s development.
In the summer term, in early July, you will receive a written report detailing their achievements at the end of Foundation Stage.
From the day your child starts Reception we assess their progress against Early Years Foundation Stage areas of learning and the Early Learning Goals.
Our school also adopts an ‘Open Door’ policy and parents are welcome to discuss their child’s progress at any time. 
Parents are always encouraged to come in and view their children’s work.