Early Years

Children beginning school in Reception spend their first year following the Early Years Foundation Stage – a framework which develops children’s fundamental skills to prepare them for the rest of their education. Children also follow Letters and Sounds, a synthetic phonics programme. This introduces them to reading and writing, applying a technique called blending and segmenting.

Our Reception children share their learning space with Years 1 and 2. There is a classroom space, an extended learning space (known as The Ark) and a secure outdoor space. This 3 part learning environment allows Foundation Stage children to learn through play in a range of environments, each providing children with different learning experiences. Adults play alongside children, supporting children to solve problems and question the world around them.

Children have unlimited access to the outdoor space, even in chilly weather! This allows a free flow system where children are truly free to choose what they wish to explore. The outdoor space allows children to explore water, sand and many other exciting resources.

Here is some of what we do in Reception: