The teaching and learning in Year R is based on the Statutory Framework and revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum introduced by the Government in September 2012. 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 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- and teacher-led activities to underpin learning across all areas, in order to support children and ensure that they remain effective and motivated learners.
Our Learning: Terms 1 & 2
In term 1 our theme will be 'All about me'
In term 2 our theme will be 'Percy the Park Keeper and Friends'
Areas of Learning:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
In term 1 we will focus on 'New Beginnings' - settling in to school routines, getting to know our new friends and forming positive relationships with children and adults. In Term 2 our theme will be 'Falling Out and Getting On'.
Communication and Language
The children will have lots of speaking and listening opportunities and will be encouraged to share their ideas in small and large groups. Each day 4 'special planners' will be chosen to review their play with the rest of the class. 'Show and tell' opportunities and 'circle time' are designed to develop children's confidence when speaking within a large group.
Through child-initiated and teacher-led activities, the children will have opportunities to develop their fine and gross motor skills. There will be regular use of the forest area, the climbing equipment and the sit-on vehicles.
Each week we will introduce 3 new sounds with action songs and activities. As a class, we will share a number of stories related to our topics. During child-initiated activities, children will be encouraged to 'mark-make' in their play. In our PE sessions, we will follow the 'Write Dance' programme which helps to develop core strength and co-ordination in preparation for writing.
There will be regular teacher-led activities to encourage understanding of number and shape as well as action songs and games. During child-initiated activities, children will have many opportunities to reinforce and apply their mathematical knowledge, for instance when using the maths area, during roleplay or in the forest area.
Understanding the World
In term 1 we will think about the amazing things our bodies can do and explore the world around us using our 5 senses. We will think about growing and changing, similarities and differences and healthy eating. In term 2 we will focus on native woorland animals and their habitats, we will build a den in our roleplay area and share the stories of Percy the Park Keeper.
Expressive Art and Design
Using the resources available in the creative and construction areas, in the outside classroom and in the woodland, the children will be encouraged to express their ideas using a variety of media. In addition we will learn songs related to our themes and find different ways of expressing ourselves through music and movement.