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Early Years Foundation Stage

EYFS Statutory Framework Link
EYFS Parent Guide

Our Reception children learn following the Early Years Foundation Stage. This runs from birth until the end of reception year when children are assessed against the Early Learning Goals. There are seven areas of learning:

Prime Areas
Personal, social and emotional development
Communication and language
Physical Development

Specific Areas
Knowledge of the World
Expressive Arts and Design

Children are given a wide range of learning opportunities. The most effective way young children learn is through play, this can be child-initiated or adult-initiated. We have a range of areas in our classroom for this purpose:
Reading Corner
Writing Workshop
Listening Den
Deconstructed Role Play
Mathematics Zone
Creative Table
Malleable Table
Investigation Table
Small World
Mathematics Challenge
Fine Motor Challenge
Phonics Table
Take a Break Area
Table Tops for further activities
Carpet area for further activities

ese areas of learning are changed regularly based on topics, learning intentions or children's interests. During 'Choosing' time, children are given free access to the areas. Adults observe, extend and question children as appropriate

In Eary Years it is also important f
or children to have access to the outside environment. We are lucky to have our own small outdoor area. Children are taught and supported in keeping safe outside. There are a range of engaging resources:
Chalk, chalk boards, pencils, clipboards, wooden boards for mark making
Books for reading
Sand Area and toys
Water Tray and toys
Growing Area where the children have planted their own plants and enjoy watering them
Fairy Garden for imaginative play and language developemtn
Outdoor Building Site with foam bricks, tubes, material, loose parts, crate, metal stands and guttering
Large dominos, number pots, number zones for Mathematics
Floor road signs

Table top for further activities

Reception children also take part in Muddy Monday on our top field. We sing songs, read stories, make dens, create habitats for animals, hunt for bugs, dig in mud, create mud pies, observe nature, mark make with water and brushes and lots more.

Children also learn by taking part in adult-guided activities. This may be a carpet lesson or a group session. Children are guided to learn through a variety of ways in such sessions - speaking, listening, writing, reading, exploring, engaging, creating.