Reception | Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Mrs J. Slater - Assistant Head Teacher
I have a degree in History of Art and Architecture from Manchester University and a PGCE from The University of Cumbria with an Early Years Specialism. I am Assistant Headteacher and in 2016 I became a Leading Foundation Stage Teacher for Lancashire. Outside school, I support Burnley Football Club, enjoy spending time with my family and friends (and pet rabbit!), and love reality TV and shoe shopping!
Miss S. Chatburn - Teaching Assistant
I am Mrs Chatburn and I have worked at Park Primary for 5 years in Reception. I am a qualified TA3. I started my career as a nursery nurse and then when I had my son I moved into primary education, where I have stayed to the present day. In 2014, I became a governor and I enjoy both roles I have in school and love to see children develop through the years.
Mrs Farr - Teaching Assistant
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- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Our Curriculum
- Useful Links
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 ‘2 Simple’ and ‘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 can recognise and order numbers to at least 20, know one more and one less, and be able to work out addition and subtraction calculations. They also work on doubling, halving and sharing amounts. 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.
We also send out homework on a half termly basis, with examples of activities that you could do at home. We celebrate this work in class and the children love showing their artistic creations and pictures of weekend trips or activities with their friends and teachers. Homework is linked to our topics, so that you have a good understanding of what your child is learning in class.
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
http://jollylearning.co.uk – a guide for parents
http://www.bbc.co.uk – General games
http://boowakwala.uptoten.com – Knowledge and understanding of the world
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
In Reception, we know that learning cannot take place until a child has good personal, social and emotional skills. We encourage sharing, taking turns and finding compromise with others. We have Circle Time sessions, where we talk, listen and show sensitivity to our friends. Miss Chatburn leads our daily PSHE sessions, where we talk about our own lives and learn about the lives of others.
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 will inform you on your child’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development during the year and report on this in July.