We have a fantastic indoor and outdoor environment that the children access daily during their child-initiated play. Following the Early Years Curriculum, we set up resources and equipment that promote all areas of learning and enable the children to learn through their play. Our two Reception classes share a large classroom space within which the children can investigate materials in the workshop area, read stories, play musical instruments, mark make and paint, explore sand and water, build and construct and develop their imaginations through role play and small world characters. In our garden area, we have large scale opportunities for construction play using wooden blocks, planks and material. Alongside this we promote risk taking through our large climbing and balancing equipment and have large scale immersive sand play and a mud kitchen.
Carefully planned, purposeful activities support the children to learn mathematical language and skills and daily phonics sessions equip children with early literacy skills essential for reading and writing throughout the year.
We regularly make use of other areas in our school and have weekly visits to our school library and music room. As well as this we visit our outdoor wildlife area, exploring natural resources and investigating the world around us.
Our balance of play, whole class teaching sessions and adult led small group work aims to capture the children’s interests, develop their curiosity and allow them time to learn and consolidate key skills. This approach ensures our pupils are happy and confident in their environment, as well as motivated and enthusiastic learners.