In Early Years we have a play based approach to learning and follow the children’s interests. There are 7 areas of learning and 17 Early Learning Goals which the children work towards throughout the year.
The Prime areas are fundamental and ensure that children can develop in all other areas:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
The Specific areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to engage successfully in the world around them:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
We recognise that all children are individuals and will develop at different rates and in different ways. We use observations and assessments to carefully plan the next steps in a child’s learning. We follow children’s interest to engage, enthuse and motivate them and we use an online recording system, to keep track of each child’s learning and progress.
Each day the children have opportunities for uninterrupted child initiated play and adult led play. The children also participate in small group time and large group time activities. The children have free flow access to the outdoor environment and recognise the importance of both indoor and outdoor learning.
Plan Do Review
Each morning, we use a technique known as Plan, Do, Review. This three-part sequence has a significant impact on our children’s development across all areas of the EYFS curriculum.
We work in small groups, to plan our morning. We talk about the things we might like to do today and suggest ways in which we will do it. This may be an activity suggested by an adult or they may share their own ideas. During this time the children are encouraged to talk using sentences and provide as much information about their plan as possible to promote their communication, language and literacy skills. Later in the year, children are given the opportunity to record their plan in a written form.
The children are then given the opportunity to follow their plans, with the support of adults if needed, during a session of 60-90 minutes independent learning. During this time the adults will build on the children’s interests, using skilled questioning and draw on key areas of development through the child’s plan. Adults enhance resources in the areas around the classroom, to support children’s interests and move their learning forward. Children may change their plan when and if they choose, by sharing their new plan with an adult or their peers.
During a 10 – 15 minute review time, the children are again given the opportunity to further develop their communication, language and literacy skills whilst reviewing and recalling what they’ve learned. The adult supports the talking by asking relevant questions and building on their sentence structure. Children are encouraged to be reflective of their learning, thinking about their successes but also things they might do differently next time and why. This also provides opportunities for the adult to determine suitable further provision to enhance the learning opportunities within the environment.
Read Write Inc.
Reception children take part in a daily Read, Write Inc. session, where they are taught to read using a character called Fred the frog. The children build on their knowledge of letters and sounds to enable them to read and write simple words and sentences and develop into fluent readers, confident speakers and willing readers.
Due to COVID restrictions, we are unable to invite parents into school to find out more about phonics and how you can support your child at home. Below are a series of short videos for you to watch, to give you further information about Read, Write, Inc. and how this is used in school, to teach your child how to read and write. You can also follow the link to the RWI page on our website where you will find further guidance for parents.
The following document is a useful guide for parents to understand the milestones your child is working towards.
Remember, it is only a guide and all children develop at their own rate.