Teaching in Reception and Nursery is organised through a range of approaches and provides a balance of child initiated and adult led activities:
- Planned focused activities where adults work with a small group of children at a time. Teachers will differentiate the activity to meet the needs of every child participating and build on pupils’ prior learning
- Small group teaching of early reading and writing through our phonics based programme and talk writing for approach
- Whole Class teaching for short periods of time such as shared story time, direct teaching (for example of maths), songs, rhymes and discussions
- Opportunities for teacher to work alongside children as they develop their own interest in particular areas of the curriculum
- develop children’s enthusiasm and promote a love for reading as this is fundamental in helping to develop their language skills and in closing the word gap.
- use core texts that stimulates discussion about the world around us and enable us to promote a love of learning through real-life and engaging experiences.
- provide high-quality interactions with adults where staff act as role models to the children they teach in order for children to develop their own speaking and listening skills.
- use high-quality questioning and interactions to check understanding and address misconceptions.
- value the importance of effective communication which encourage all our children to communicate effectively using a wide range of strategies.
- carefully assess what the children are doing and then using this to inform the next steps of learning
In the Foundation Stage the curriculum is made up of seven areas of learning:
The Prime areas are fundamental and work together, and filter through all other areas to support development:
- Personal, social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
The Specific areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Clear and open communications with parents and carers is a priority for us. We work with parents to ensure that every child settles quickly into the setting and continue to work in partnership with them throughout their child’s time in the early years.