In the Reception Class at Wells Next the Sea Primary School we follow the Revised Early Years’ Foundation Stage Curriculum. In 2012 the government made a lot of changes to this curriculum, recognising young children need to learn through play. At the end of the Reception Year your child’s progress will be measured with the Foundation Stage Profile.
More information on this curriculum can be found at www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/eyfs
At Wells Next the Sea we are very lucky to have an enormous learning environment and a very generous outdoor space for our sole use. This space is divided into learning zones with resources that are always available on a daily basis.
As we learn new things the zones are enhanced with open ended resources connected to our learning and interests. The children choose which activities they would like to use in their independent learning and are also asked to come to adult led small groups and circle times and take on adult initiated challenges throughout the day, to extend their learning.
Planning is displayed within the classroom and cloakroom so you will know what we are learning about. We also send home a weekly newsletter and write in your child’s home school diary every week. We are always happy to chat about your child’s learning and development.
Planning in the Early Years’ Foundation Stage is based upon the children’s interests. We call our medium term planning Possible Lines of Direction, we also broadly follow the whole school theme, this year they are Getting to know you, Celebrations and Explorers.
We use core stories and reference books to help our learning.
The children also have the opportunity to have educational visits, and visitors in school to enhance their learning. You will be asked for a financial contribution. We often visit local shops and businesses too.
As in Nursery School your child will have a Record of Achievement file (ROA) where we collate observations, pieces of work and photographs throughout the year. Assessment for learning can only be made through your child using their new skills independently, this means the learning is embedded, it is then noted and put into the ROA. Please feel free to add to this file yourselves with learning done at home.
At Wells Next the Sea Primary School Reception Class we want to provide the best possible learning experiences for young children.
• recognition of the uniqueness of each child’s capacity and potential
• an holistic view of each child’s development
• recognition of the importance of play as a central integrating element in a child’s development and learning
• an ecological view of humankind in the natural world
• recognition of the integrity of childhood in its own right
• recognition of the child as a part of a family and a community
• knowledgeable and appropriately qualified early years professionals
• skilled and informed observation of children, to support effective development, learning and teaching.
• awareness that education relates to all capabilities of each child, imaginative, creative, symbolic, linguistic, mathematical, musical, aesthetic, scientific, physical, social, moral, cultural and spiritual.
• parent/ carers and educators working in harmony
• first hand experiences, play, talk and reflection
• activities and opportunities that have sense, purpose and meaning to the child and involve joy, wonder, unity, concentration and satisfaction.
• an holistic approach to learning which recognises children as active, feeling and thinking human beings.
• encouragement rather than punishment.
• individual and collaborative activity and play
• an approach to learning which develops children’s autonomy and self confidence.
• physically safe yet intellectually challenging, promoting curiosity, enquiry, sensory stimulation and aesthetic awareness.
• demonstrates the unity of indoors and outdoors of the cultural and the natural
• allows free access to a rich range of materials that promote open ended opportunities for play, representation and creativity.
At WPNS we have recently bought a new curriculum tool called the The Learning Challenge ™ approach is now being used in over 1000 primary schools in England and has received exceptionally positive praise during inspections. Feedback from staff, parents and pupils tell us that it has helped a great many schools bring some life into their curriculum.
Many schools that have implemented the Learning Challenge principles have received praise from Ofsted. The extracts below is from two such inspections.
‘The imaginative curriculum successfully builds on pupils’ skills and knowledge as they move through the school. It meets the needs and interests of all pupils because it is effectively linked to national and local events. The imaginative curriculum underpins effective teaching across the whole school. Subjects are creatively linked and teachers present exciting activities which fire pupils’ enthusiasm.‘Learning in our school is fun, because every day is different’ is a typical comment from theoverwhelming majority of pupils who think teaching is good.’
The attached documents named ‘non negotiable for parents’ allows parents to see what the school must teach your child. The grids show the whole school progression in learning.
Reception Class Newsletters
Newsletter 4th November 2016