Reception | Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Welcome to Reception, also known as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). We are very proud to be a Leading Foundation Stage in Lancashire.
During your time in Reception, you will meet lots of new friends, learn many new skills and grow in confidence every day.
In Reception, we have the Hedgehogs and Badgers class, but we all enjoy doing our learning together, both in the classroom and outdoors. We have lots of ‘challenge cards’ in our indoor and outdoor classrooms, which help to make you a better learner and achieve your potential.
We hope that parents can help with this, by discussing your child’s learning with them every day, listening to them read and encouraging writing practise and maths activities.
Have a look at the other exciting activities that we do in and out of school and keep a look out for updates on ‘Class Dojos’, where we share your child’s achievements from their Learning Journey.
Enjoy your learning…
You can help your child’s speaking and understanding skills by sharing stories, asking ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions and encouraging them to use new and exciting vocabulary.
We will inform you on your child’s Communication and Language Development during the year and report on this in July.
By the end of Reception, it is expected that children have a deep understanding of number to 10, including the composition of each number, as well as automatically recall (without reference to rhymes, counting or other aids) number bonds up to 5 (including subtraction facts) and some number bonds to 10, including double facts. They also learn to verbally count beyond 20, recognising the pattern of the counting system; In Shape, children learn to name and describe 2D and 3D shapes, talk about size and weight and understand position, time and money.
At home, there are many activities you can do, such as baking, discussing shapes and sizes of everyday objects, or paying for items from your shopping list. By playing and talking with your child, you will be helping their mathematical development along the way!
We will inform you on your child’s Mathematical Development during the year and report on this in July.
Below we provide some suggested online resources that we feel would benefit your child at this stage of their development.
http://www.crickweb.co.uk – for games
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk – as a guide for parents and reading
http://www.topmarks.co.uk – General topic related educational resources
https://www.animaphonics.com/ – a guide for parents
http://www.bbc.co.uk – General games
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2yf4j BBC Phase 2 and 3 phonics
Characteristics of Effective Learning
Children in EYFS learn in many different ways. Staff regularly observe the children to match activities to their learning styles and encourage challenge by trying new ways to learn. Below are the Characteristics of Effective Learning and examples of what this learning might look like. Each day, we celebrate children who have shown the Learning Powers of ‘Engagement’, ‘Motivation’ and ‘Thinking’.
Keep a look out for your child coming home with a ‘Super’ sticker and ask them about what learning skill they have shown today.
Characteristics of Effective Learning
- Playing and exploring – Engagement
- Finding out and exploring
- Playing with what they know
- Being willing to ‘have a go’
Active learning – Motivation
- Being involved and concentrating
- Keeping trying
- Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
Creating and thinking critically – Thinking
- Having their own ideas
- Making links
- Choosing ways to do things
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Children grow in self-confidence and independence in our Reception classes and learn how to follow the school rules, manage their behaviour and form positive relationships with others. This is how to be a ‘Park Child’! We have Circle Time sessions, where we talk, listen, and show sensitivity to our friends. We follow Coram SCARF and in conjunction with our Global Themes, we talk and learn about our own lives and the lives of others, helping our children to become happy and healthy members of society.
We will inform you on your child’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development during the year and report on this in July.