The curriculum that we teach in the Reception class meets the requirements set out in the revised Early Years Foundation Stage guidance (2012). Our curriculum planning focuses on the Early Learning Goals and on developing children’s skills and experiences, as set out in this document.
Our school fully supports the principle that young children learn through play, and by engaging in well-planned structured activities. Teaching in the Reception class builds on the experiences of the children in their pre-school learning. We do all we can to build positive partnerships with local pre-school providers.
The Early Years teacher carries out observations and activities when children begin in the Reception class providing us with a baseline assessment. The teacher then monitors progress for each child throughout the year. This assessment forms an important part of the future curriculum planning for each child.
We are well aware that all children need the support of parents, carers and teachers to make good progress in school. We strive to build positive links with the parents of each child by keeping them informed about the way in which the children are learning and how well each child is progressing.
We follow 'Letters and Sounds' to teach phonics, supported by Monster Phonics, Phonics Play and other interactive resources. Letters and Sounds is a systematic approach for teaching children to read using phonics.
Some pupils may require additional support to fill any gaps in phonics learning and this will take place according to individual need. In Year One, pupils undertake the statutory National Phonics Screening Check. If they do not pass, they will retake in Year 2.