The teaching and learning in our Reception Class is based on the Statutory Framework and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum introduced by the Government in September 2012 and then revised in 2021. There are seven areas of ‘Learning and Development’, and, as in the past, children work towards meeting the ‘Early Learning Goals’ specified in the Framework. There are 17 Early Learning Goals.
The EYFS Framework clearly emphasises the importance of play and active learning to enable children to explore, investigate, use their imagination, build relationships and become critical thinkers. It recommends that schools provide an appropriate balance of child-led activities with teacher and adult support to underpin learning across all areas, in order to support child development and ensure that they remain effective and motivated learners.
The 7 Areas of Learning and Development
The Prime Areas:
This involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; developing their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and encouraging speaking and listening in a wide range of situations.
Children will be provided with opportunities to be active and to develop their co-ordination and control. They will be helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to begin to make healthy choices.
. This involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, to work co-operatively with others, to manage their emotions and to respect the feelings of others
The Specific Areas:
Within the class, the whole school and at home, children should have access to a wide and varied range of reading materials (books, poems, posters, magazines, etc.) to ignite and sustain their interest. They will be encouraged to develop their phonological awareness and begin to hear sounds within words and to then link sounds to letters in order to begin to read and write.
Through child-led activities and teacher directed tasks they will be given opportunities in play to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating and exploring shapes and measurements.
This involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Within a creative environment children will be encouraged to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. They will have opportunities to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, dance, role-play and design and technology.
Mrs Tracey is the fulltime Teaching Assistant (TA) in Reception. We will also be supported by Mrs Hancock in the mornings and Mrs Hancock is also our Lunchtime Supervisor. We will also have Miss Roebuck and Mrs Hayward in class some afternoons. Mrs Tracey and Mrs Hayward she will take the class on Monday afternoon whilst I am out of class undertaking planning and preparation tasks (PPA) with other teaching staff.
A brief newsletter setting out the week’s learning will be sent home at the start of each week. Please note, the letter will also be posted on the Stocks Green website.
Please bring in a named water bottle containing fresh water every day. This will be available to your child throughout the day and refilled as necessary.
Please return this book in your child’s book bag every day with any relevant comments. It will be checked by the TA every morning. Please let us know if your child will be collected by someone other than a parent or is attending afterschool club.
Year 6 Buddies: This week your child will be bringing home a letter from their Year 6 Buddy. We use the Buddy system to help settle the new YR children into school and as a mentoring opportunity for our Year 6 children.
To avoid loss of school uniform and belongings, please ensure that everything is clearly named, especially shoes.
: It is useful if your child has a pair of Wellies in school throughout the year, so that we can play outdoors and visit the woodland area - even when it’s wet and muddy!
PE: We will begin timetabled PE lessons after half term and these will be on a Monday. So on Mondays after half term children will need to come into school in their PE kits.
The weekly newsletter will tell you which house team it is and will contain suggestions for ‘Show and Tell’ to be held in class. Children will be invited to bring in items that support their learning.
: Each morning children will put their name next to their daily lunch preference. They can choose between school dinner, jacket potato or packed lunch. School dinners are free to all EYFS and KS1 pupils.
It is school policy that there should be no nut products in packed lunches, for example ‘Nutella’ or some cereal bars.
Free fruit is supplied by Kent County Council to all children in EYFS and KS1 and will be offered to children at snack-time (10:15am). Parents can provide fruit or vegetable alternatives if they wish.
: All children below the age of 5 years are entitled to a carton of free milk each day. From the age of 5 upwards, a small charge is levied. You can register your child on-line on or by post (please ask for details).
We will hold two sessions of ‘Parents as Partners’ this year. This is when parents are invited to attend a Child Initiated Play session to share in their child’s learning. Our first session will be held on Tuesday 9th November 13:45 to allow children time to settle into school.
Your child will be encouraged to take home a book of their choice every day, known as a ‘Choosing Book’. This is for you to share with your child. When you are ready, please return the book so that your child can choose another book to take home.
We will begin our Phonics learning as soon as all the children are in school. First we will work on developing their listening skills and then begin to introduce the letter sounds using the Phonics scheme ‘Letters and Sounds’. We will inform you of the weeks sounds in the weekly newsletter. Please help your child to learn the sound that each letter or combination of letters makes and to practise forming the letters if they wish.
Sound Pots: Every Friday we will ask the children to bring in a Sound Pot that contains items beginning with a given sound. Each week we will send home a workbook to support your child’s learning of these letter sounds, this will be to be completed at home if your child is interested and if you return it to school the children will earn a team point.
: When children are ready, they will begin to bring home a reading book. Further information about supporting your child’s reading development and phonics learning will be discussed at a Parents Phonics and Reading session, to be held later on in the Autumn Term.
Cursive Handwriting: As a school we introduce cursive writing on entry and as we begin our Phonics learning we will introduce the cursive letter formation.
Name Cards: Our main focus this term will be to enable the children to write their names in cursive formation. To support this we will make each child a name card to practice their name. We will keep one card in school and will also send one home so that you can also practice at home.
Our Possible Topics
Term 1: ‘All About Me’ and ‘Autumn’
Term 2: ‘Diwali’ and ‘Christmas’
Term 3: ‘Chinese New Year’ and ‘Traditional Tales’
Term 4: ‘Spring’, ‘Celebrations’ and ‘Easter’
Term 5: ‘Plants’ and ‘Robots’
Term 6: ‘Summer’ and ‘Animal Stories’
All topics are subject to change as we will look to develop the curriculum based upon the interests of the children.
We are very excited to welcome your children into the school and begin their learning journey in formal education. If you have any further questions or queries please do not hesitate to ask. We are available to chat most evenings after school or please telephone the school office to make an appointment.
Mrs Claire Hodgson and Mrs Tracey