Welcome to Reception
Reception is an important stage in a child’s journey into full time education, preparing them for education in key stage 1. We follow on from the teaching in Nursery where children are still encouraged to play and explore using their natural curiosity to become independent learners. Children are encouraged to become independent learners through a balance of child initiated and adult led activities.
Children begin to follow a more structured timetable and every day they will have a literacy session, maths session, guided reading, phonics and story time. Children will continue to learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. These are split up into:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
At the end of the year children are assessed against the 17 Early Learning Goals which are derived from the 7 areas of learning. Assessment plays an important part in recognising the children’s progress and their needs, which in turn helps staff to plan relevant and motivating experiences for each child.