The Early Years Foundation Stage sets the standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five and has a main emphasis on learning through play. This is a continuation from nursery and into school so it allows us to follow the children at the stage where they are working at.
The three prime areas are Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. There are a further four specific areas through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. These are Literacy, Maths, Understanding the world and Expressive arts and design.
In Reception we see the role of the adult as walking with the children. In front of them seeing the possibilities, beside them as a co-explorer/companion and behind them following their lead.
If you walked into our Reception class during the day, you might see groups working with the teacher or teaching assistant on core skills such as Phonics and Maths. Alternatively, you might see children engaged in "Get Busy" time, independently accessing and engaging with a wide range of learning opportunities and provocations in their classroom and in their outdoor area.