Learning in Reception Class
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” Fred Rogers
In Reception class we learn through planned, purposeful play using a range of adult directed and child initiated activities. Our adult led learning and continuous provision enhancements are planned to reflect the EFYS curriculum and the children’s own interests. There are seven areas of learning in our curriculum.
-Personal, Social and Emotional Development
-Communication and Language
-Understanding of the World
-Expressive Art and Design
We plan our adult led activities using a ‘Big Question’ that provides a theme for our learning and is linked to the Early Learning Goals. Within these questions are opportunities to explore, explain and create in response to key questions.
Our ‘Big Questions’ this year are;
Do you want to be friends?
Do you want to be friends? Would you like to play with me? Explore these questions and more in this project about friendship, being kind and working together.
Why do squirrels hide their nuts?
Children will tell us where squirrels live. They will explain what happens during different seasons and why some animals hibernate. They will create their own animal feeder.
What happens when I fall asleep?
Why are there stars in the sky at night? Does everyone go to bed at the same time as me? Explore these questions and more in this project about night time.
Will you read me a story?
Was the Big Bad Wolf really so bad? How many bowls of porridge did Goldilocks eat? Explore these questions and more in this magical project all about fairy tales, goodies and baddies!
Are we there yet?
Where in the world would you like to go? How would you like to travel there? Explore these questions and more in this project about transport, travel and places near and far!
Why don't snakes have legs?
Why don’t snakes have legs? Why do chameleons change colour? Explore these questions and more in this project about reptiles, their characteristics and habitats.
Do cows like milk?
Do cows drink milk? What are baby pigs called? Explore these questions and more in this project about life on the farm and the animals that live there.
Why do ladybirds have spots?
Why do ladybirds have spots? Why do spiders spin webs? Explore these questions and more in this project about minibeasts and their habitats.
Who lives in a rock-pool?
Which creatures live on the seashore? Why do crabs have shells? Explore these questions and more in this project about the seashore and the plants and animals that live there.
Please check out our Blog page as it well tell you all about the fun we have had!
We follow ‘Come & See’ Religious Education programme. The children will learn about the Church as a family; Baptism and Confirmation; Advent & Christmas; The Church Community; The Eucharist; Pentecost; Reconciliation & Forgiveness; Our World and the good work of CAFOD.
Supporting your child's learning at home
Parents and carers can support their children's learning at home through reading with them every day, helping them to develop their mark-making and writing skills and by practising counting and recognising numbers when out and about in the community.