With the exception of phonics and some mathematics, all our learning in Reception is topic based. The curriculum in Reception is holistic and not separated into subjects. The curriculum is set out into areas of learning. We have one topic that covers all areas of learning. We do not always explicitly make links to these areas when talking to the children about topic learning. However, when teachers plan topic learning, it is planned using these areas. As parents, we realise that you might like to know which areas of the curriculum the topic learning links to and so we have provided the curriculum links for you. Please note that all learning that takes place in Reception covers all the areas of learning, however the links provided are the ones that we are particularly focusing on that week. Literacy (reading and writing) and Mathematics opportunities provided as part of all topic learning that we do. In order to prepare the children for Year One we will, where appropriate, link learning to the national curriculum subjects such as History, Science, Geography. When planning for our topic, we will also take into account our whole school curriculum drivers and plan learning that incorporates these.
Below is a key for the areas of learning;
PSED= Personal, Social and Emotional development
C&L= Communication and Language
PD= Physical development
UW= Understanding the world
EAD= Expressive Arts and Design.
Our first topic will be about ‘Superheroes’ and this half term the children will be looking at what we need to become a superhero learner. Their learning will be based on the RESPECT Code and how to become and life long learner! The Early Years Foundation Stage also has ' Characteristics of Effective Learning' which are central to all learning in Reception. These ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ will be reported on at the end of the year. As a school, we believe that these characteristics underpin all learning and it is extremely important that children learn and develop these skills to create a life long love of learning. At the bottom of this page are links to all three documents - please take the time during your child's first few weeks at school to familiarise yourself with the language we use as a school when talking about the skills we need to learn, as the children will be using lots of words from these documents in everyday life!
Please see the web links at the bottom of the page for more detailed information on the Early Years curriculum and areas of learning.