In Reception (Foundation stage 2) we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. There are seven areas of learning and development. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.
Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
These 3 areas, the prime areas are:
There are also 4 ‘specific’ areas through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
The teacher and teaching assistants in Foundation Stage work collectively to track children’s progress across the seven areas of learning. Your child’s class teacher will be your first point of contact in the school.
Children in the Foundation Stage have access to all areas of the curriculum simultaneously throughout the day. They can learn both in the classroom and in their own outdoor areas. We provide a stimulating environment in which they can discover and learn about the world around them via their own exploration. There are also adult- led group activities and whole class carpet times.
An important part of our approach to the development of reading and writing is the use of a phonics scheme. This is introduces in Reception. At Bradfield Dungworth, we use Read Write Inc scheme.
PSED is a key area of the Foundation Stage Curriculum. We aim to ensure that children feel secure and valued so that they can develop confidence in themselves and form secure, constructive relationships with others. We also encourage the children to make independent informed choices in both their actions and their learning.
The Reception curriculum is further enhanced through educational visits and workshops. We welcome parental contributions too and have had several parents share their vocations with the class.
Outdoor learning at Bradfield Dungworth allows children time and space to develop their learning styles. It lets our children develop a relationship with the outdoor environment, through frequent and relevant experiences. Our aim is to encourage independence and raise self- self-esteem within our children. It offers opportunities to develop thinking, speaking and problem solving skills through small achievable tasks such as minibeast hunting, leaf identification, mud painting, den building or small world play.
The Bradfield Dungworth Early Years team facilitate activities both in the school grounds and locally by using Dungworth Park. We ensure that all activities are created in a safe learning environment which offers freedom and exploration opportunities through play.