The early years of a child’s education are hugely important, as they provide the foundations upon which all future learning is built. At Spratton Hall, one of our main aims is to ensure children’s happiness, in a safe, nurturing environment, where they can develop self-confidence, together with a love of learning and life. Activities are all about exploring, discovering, talking and listening – where effort is always praised and having fun is essential!
In Reception, the children are supported and encouraged as they progress through the seven areas of learning and development of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
The three prime areas of learning are:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The four specific areas, through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied, are:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Reading, phonic and writing skills are taught using a variety of approaches, which capture children’s interest and enthusiasm. By sharing and exploring stories frequently we aim to develop a love of books and reading within our children. Equally, by hearing all the children read every day, we can help them to develop a range of effective reading skills and monitor their progress carefully.
From the beginning of Reception, children are encouraged to experiment with mark making and to feel and behave like writers. As their knowledge of phonic awareness builds, they are taught how to sound out and spell words for themselves and their writing becomes more recognisable and structured.
Mathematical concepts are developed through games, purposeful play and structured activities that are both challenging and fun. Using Numicon and other counting apparatus, within both individual and group activities, we aim to secure children’s knowledge, and develop their confidence and skills, in the use of basic number, shape, space and measures.
Understanding of the World is developed through a topic approach, which incorporates Science and the Humanities, to stimulate the children’s interest and curiosity. Termly educational visits to a variety of exciting venues help to reinforce and bring the children’s learning to life.
Children’s individual creativity is celebrated and encouraged through opportunities to explore the Arts in all its forms. Children delight in being imaginative and expressing their ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.
In addition to their class teachers, the Reception children are also taught by skilled, specialist tutors for Music, Technology, P.E and Dance. Lively, stimulating lessons promote enjoyment, whilst supporting, reinforcing and extending the development of children’s creative, physical and communication skills.
Our bright, cheerful Reception classrooms benefit from interactive whiteboards, computers and their own secure outdoor areas. However, nestled in the heart of the school, they are also surrounded by the extensive and beautiful school grounds, where the Rose Garden lends itself to sensory discoveries and the playing fields are a must for all sorts of exciting adventures!
To view the School policies including those relating to the EYFS please click this link.