Children in Reception are provided with a range of rich, meaningful first-hand experiences in which they can explore, think creatively and are active. This starts with a memorable experience for each topic we are learning about. You will see this in our Long Term Overview. Children also take part in weekly Forest School sessions, that offer children opportunities to achieve and develop through hands on learning experiences.
All Early Years children have extensive opportunities to play. We recognise the importance of learning through play and the provision of stimulating, practical experiences. The children take part in adult-directed, adult-led, child-led and child-initiated play. Each class is taught by a teacher and have teaching assistants to support your child’s learning.
We also believe that to prepare children for learning in later years they need to experience sessions of adult led focussed teaching, particularly in the areas of writing, maths and phonics. We follow the Read, Write inc programme each day for our phonics. We strive as Early Years practitioners to create a balance between play based learning and a more formal adult led structure. Children are taught as a whole class for short, regular sessions during the day and are then given opportunities each day to work both with an adult and to access their own learning and work independently within the environment.
We encourage our children to be independent learners, and they are encouraged to select activities of their choosing from around both the indoor and outdoor environments. Adults plan exciting stimuli each week for the different areas of the environment to try and focus and move learning forward.