- enjoy positive interactions and reciprocal relationships with the teachers and other children;
- explore more structured learning including beginning literacy and numeracy;
- become actively involved in investigative learning, focussed on finding answers to questions they themselves have posed;
- begin to experience research and independence in learning; and to
- begin to acquire the skills in critical thinking, creativity and working with others.
Transition to Reception: The child-centred approach experienced in the Buxlow Nursery and Pre-School continues seamlessly into Reception. At this stage, whilst more formal adult initiated activities are introduced, child initiated activities still exist to build on pre-existing interests and inspire enthusiasm and engagement in learning. Children's abilities vary widely at this stage so lessons are differentiated to ensure that all pupils are appropriately challenged across the curriculum.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum provides the framework for teaching, learning and assessment in Nursery and Reception. It is organised into core areas of development and specific areas of development:
Expressive arts and design
The Reception Learning environment
The Reception Curriculum builds upon and extends the experiences that children have in Nursery/Pre-School. Learning through play continues to be an important part of the school day, and children are gradually eased into more formal contexts as the year progresses so that they remain motivated, enthused and eager learners.
At Buxlow we pride ourselves on developing children's reading skills at an early age. We foster a love of books and enjoy reading daily with our pupils. Our Reception pupils begin to recognise High Frequency Words, many of which cannot be spelled out phonetically. The majority of Reception pupils at Buxlow are reading at Level 1 or higher by the end of the academic year. Reception staff work alongside pupils to promote the transference of reading skills to writing skills. In Mathematics activities, children learn to count, sort, match, make patterns and record numbers. Our pupils learn through stories, songs, games and imaginative play.
There is no set homework in Reception at the start of the year, however, children are encouraged to read regularly, learn the sound and name of the letters of the alphabet, experiment with writing and be involved in counting activities on a daily basis.
When children are involved in particular projects, or are rehearsing for an assembly, they are often given a few words to learn or may be required to bring something relevant to share in school.
Daily Life ... Creating a learning environment in which each child's individuality, strengths and gifts may be nurtured in an atmosphere of acceptance, affection and respect is important to us. Buxlow children learn to love learning through the means of structured play. The curriculum is enhanced with specialist teaching in Music, PE, Computing and French. Our children also enjoy weekly visits to the School library and participate in the weekly Celebration and Virtues Assemblies together with all School pupils .
To ensure we know each child well, and are able to identify those areas in need of further development, we carry out regular observations, assessments and evaluations. These are reflected in their future planning and in the children's individual portfolios. We encourage our children, parents and families to read, comment and contribute to these and we seek to work hand in hand with parents as partners in the learning process.
Learning experiences are planned according to the Early Years Foundation Stage goals. Some children will exceed these areas before the end of the Reception year, others will continue to be working towards some or all of the areas. In all cases, planning will be informed by observations and assessments of the children, enabling them to make expected progress throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage. We provide a structured day, providing for learning through planned and purposeful activities as well as opportunities for children to follow their own unique interests through negotiated curriculum at specific times of the day.
It is in our Reception class that our children begin to learn the social skills they will need throughout their time at Buxlow and beyond. At the heart of their learning, we understand that each child has a different starting point and our aim is for each child to have the best opportunities to reach their potential within an enabling environment.
hrough play and exploration, children engage in creative and critical thinking. We believe we offer a rich curriculum that is challenging and enjoyable across all areas of early learning and development and through which children flourish in a warm and caring environment.
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