This is where our learning at Clatford begins. We start by getting to know each other, find our way around our school environment and choose the rules that will make our time in year R a happy one. We follow the framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage themes and principles which ensure each child is unique, constantly learning and will become increasingly confident.
We will do most of our learning through playing, exploring and having a go. The children are able to choose what they would like to do from the different areas of the class room. We have a Writing area, Art and Craft area, Role Play area, Construction area, Maths area, Book area, Computers and Outdoor area. The resources in these areas can change depending on the children’s interest at the time. The children will also have teaching time as a whole class, group or individually.
The Early Years Foundation stage is made up of seven areas of Learning and Development, divided into Prime and Specific but they are each connected to one another and are equally important. Our topics are currently All around us, Ourselves and Celebrations, Toys, Food, Growing and Transport.
The Prime areas are:
Personal, Social and Emotional development, this includes making relationships, building our self confidence and self awareness and how we manage our feelings and behaviour. This is an important focus which is covered in everything we do throughout the school day, including lunchtimes and playtimes.
Physical Development involves health, self care and moving and handling ourselves. We develop this area through our P.E. sessions, using the outdoor area to ride, push or pull, build with construction materials, threading, painting and craft work using different tools. In our topic about food, we learn how we can keep healthy.
Communication and Language, this is experienced throughout the day and covers listening and attention, understanding and speaking.
The specific areas are:
Literacy, we learn to read and write through the Read Write Inc programme which we do daily in small groups throughout Key Stage 1. We like to tell stories and have a go at writing our own.
Mathematics we use throughout our play, we begin to use numbers in the things we are doing and learn about shape, space and measures. We enjoy making number lines and singing number songs. As we go through the year, we begin to learn about time and money, using coins in our shop. We love to play number games.
In Understanding the World, we learn about People and communities, the World and Technology. During the year we will have a visit to Milestones museum to look at the history of toys and a visit to the Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium which will support our topic on Transport.
Expressive Arts and Design is when we are full of imagination, acting out scenarios and stories, and making things for our play. We try other ways to create pictures, using different materials and tools. We love to move to music, make music and sing!
Our Year begins with lots of free choice play, but as we grow and learn more, we begin to have more structure to our day as we get ready for our next step….Year 1.