Teacher: Miss Grocutt
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Flintham
Welcome to the Rowan Class page!
Please read on to find out more about what do in Reception and how we do it.
At Kirtlington C of E Primary School, we consider the Early Years Foundation Stage to be exactly that, the foundations of the children’s learning and development, the very roots of their journey through school. We build on the wealth of knowledge and skills that the children already have when they arrive. Putting the children at the heart of our curriculum enables us to follow their interests and fascinations. Through an ambitious curriculum, we challenge them to take risks in their learning, developing resilience and determination. We recognise that all children are unique and celebrate and explore differences within our school community. Our school values are embedded in every aspect of school life, including the curriculum and the learning environment. We ensure high levels of well-being by supporting children as they develop the ability to regulate their feelings. By the end of their time in the Early Years Foundation Stage, we want children to be well-rounded individuals, having acquired a wide vocabulary, effective communication skills and a secure knowledge of phonics and reading, giving them the foundations for future learning. Kirtlington children realise the importance of their local environment and have close links with the village community through the Village News and regular visits from members of the community including the church clergy. Children contribute to the nurture of their surroundings by taking part in the upkeep of the local environment.
In Reception, we follow the Early Years Statutory Framework, published in March 2021 by the Department for Education. Staff are knowledgeable about the Early Years Framework, and this is based on the learning needs of the children. Through our strong relationships and knowledge of each child we support their emotional security, literacy and the development of their character. Exciting and inspiring first-hand experiences ensure that children become motivated and curious learners. We ensure children develop a wide-ranging vocabulary and take every opportunity to explore new words through daily stories, songs, poems and discussion. Children take part in group reading sessions throughout the week and grow to develop a love of reading. Opportunities for reading and writing are available inside and out. Through indoor and outdoor continuous provision, (the provision that children can access without the need for an adult) children are free to explore and investigate independently. Enhancements are added to the areas of provision based on the children’s next steps, their interests, or our current topic, to inspire children to initiate their own learning and challenge themselves. Adults will join the children in their independent learning to support, question and further the learning. Children receive regular adult directed Phonics, English and Maths teaching and are challenged and supported accordingly. Children are taught about the importance of keeping healthy and are encouraged to take managed risks.
The impact of our curriculum is evident through the curious, kind-hearted, and thoughtful children that leave the class. They show genuine enthusiasm and interest in their learning, spending long periods engaged in both their independent learning and when working with an adult. Children build positive relationships with both their peers and adults, listening and responding positively to one
another. Children take pride in their work and enjoy seeing it displayed/taking it home/receiving certificates. They demonstrate good emotional literacy and begin to manage their feelings and behaviour. Their vocabulary reflects the breadth of their learning, children talk about their experiences and knowledge they acquired, and they use new vocabulary in their dialogue. They can link their prior learning to their current learning giving them the roots to their primary education. Children demonstrate their phonics knowledge when reading books and print in the environment and show their comprehension skills when discussing a book. Children have the confidence and personal, social and emotional skills to move on to the next stage in their education. They demonstrate an ability to listen carefully and join in, with enthusiasm.
Information for Parents and Carers
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